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Can Exercise Cure What Ails You?

Can Exercise Cure What Ails You?

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Exercise is powerful medicine! In fact, according to an article by Gretchen Reynolds in The New York Times, “exercise can be as effective as many frequently prescribed drugs in treating some of the leading causes of death.” While some physicians may have turned a blind eye to the benefits of exercise, that’s changing. In fact, Mayo Clinic has added a protocol for a sampling of patients that asks about their physical activity and monitors responses, just as routinely as tracking temperature or blood pressure. Normal, healthy adults should be getting about 2 ½ hours of exercise in a week, at minimum. This should include a mix of both aerobic and strength-bearing components. Exercise helps the body heal itself and those who take the time to engage in regular physical activity have experience increased levels of everyday wellness. So why isn’t fitness prescribed more frequently as medicine? Partly because there have been few studies that directly compare physical activity to prescription drugs. But, researchers are beginning to take a hard look at the “effectiveness of drugs and exercise in lessening mortality among people who had been diagnosed with one of four diseases: heart disease, chronic heart failure, stroke, or diabetes,” says Ms. Reynolds. The results are astounding. Researchers found that the benefits of prescription drugs were not any better (or even worse) than those that exercise produced. In other words, all of the prescribed medications did not decrease the risk of death. With certain illnesses, such as stroke, exercise actually contributed to a significant lower risk of dying, whereas medication alone did not provide the same result. While researchers acknowledge that very few studies directly compare exercise to medications, they are hopeful that doctors will begin in-depth discussions with patients about how their physical activity levels can contribute to overall health and well-being. Have you noticed an uptick in health or been able to reduce the amount of prescription medication with your exercise regime? If so, I’d love to hear about it. Please add your comments...

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7 Great Reasons to Be Active

7 Great Reasons to Be Active

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Need encouragement to get out the door and exercise? How about these amazing benefits? Engaging in physical activity can create the following positive effects: 1. Wards off disease, allowing you to live a longer life. 2. Increases your bone density. 3. Raises your metabolism, so that you lose weight more quickly. 4. Improves your mood – reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. 5. Helps your brain function better – reduces risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. 6. Improves the quality of your sleep. 7. And, most importantly, it raises the quality of your life! Have you noticed other health benefits as a result of regular physical activity? We’d love to hear about them. Please post your comments...

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What is a Metabolic Conditioning Workout?

What is a Metabolic Conditioning Workout?

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Metabolic conditioning is heard far more frequently these days in the exercise industry. But, you may be wondering, what exactly is a metabolic workout? In summary, this type of workout revolves around a structured series of exercises repeated in sets with built in rest periods. This combination of sets, reps, and rest creates a routine that not only cuts fat but also enhances performance. Metabolic conditioning sets up your body to have more energy for any activity throughout the day. Instead of only cardio or only weight-building exercises, metabolic conditioning uses both to not only build endurance but also improve overall fitness. The activity bursts and rest better prepares muscles to use the fuel (nutrients) delivered via blood in addition to improving the flow of nutrients via the cardiovascular system. In summary, metabolic conditioning makes your whole body more efficient, instead of only focusing on one area. Metabolic workouts are designed to not only burn calories during the time you’re physically completing the exercises, but also to encourage calorie burn well after your workout is complete (up to 24-48 hours later). Exercises that utilize multiple muscle groups at one time are best for metabolic workouts. For example, we might incorporate burpees, stair climbers, kettle bell swings, or jumping rope into your exercise routine to give your metabolism a kick-start. Here is a sample metabolic workout: 10 reps to be repeated for 3 sets, followed by rest: Kettlebell swings Burpees Box jumps Push ups Then, complete 10 reps for 3 sets, followed by rest of the following exercises: Sandbag clean and press Squat thrusts Kettlebell woodchopper Sandbag plank pull Ready to see the results of a metabolic workout? Give me a call! I’d love to help you maximize the benefits of your workouts in creative and engaging...

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Fitness after Baby

Fitness after Baby

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Regaining your fitness can be difficult after having a baby. But, you don’t have to go through the process alone! Even though you’re thrilled with your new bundle of joy, new moms often experience: Isolation, Stress, Lack of time, and Loss of motivation. Personal training sessions can help overcome all of the above. By scheduling workouts with a trainer, you’ll have an accountability buddy. Having another person waiting to meet you can be very motivating. You’re more likely to keep the appointment and your trainer can help you get in the right state of mind to receive all of the benefits of your workout. Plus, you’ll have a recurring social hour which you might be missing as you have less time to interact with coworkers and friends. Whether you’re using your workout time to get out of the house or are bringing the workout to you, your trainer can be a valuable ally against isolation and stress. If you’re ready to get back into a fitness routine, contact me. We’ll work out the best time and place for your schedule. We can determine the appropriate balance for your time and childcare constraints – out of the house or a home visit, bringing the baby to the workout or leaving the baby with a caretaker. Together, we’ll develop a workout plan just for you – perfectly tailored for your needs and fitness goals – so that you can enjoy all the benefits of exercise and health!     Photo courtesy of Marshall Corkery Photography and licensed under Creative Commons.  ...

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