As we wind up this past year (check your calendar, it’s almost over), we can take a look back at what we set out to do.Did you know that in 2012 over 60% of Americans made the resolution to loose weight? Over 30% said they were going to exercise more. Another statistic is that about 35% of these resolutions were broken by January 7th! Why to we struggle so much with these goals? Well, there actually are answers…There are 5 stages to making a lifestyle change:
1. Almost everyone can do it.2. Helps with weight loss/management.3. Helps to maintain strong bones.4. No special equipment other than good shoes.5. One of the simplest ways to get moving.6. Reduces symptoms of stress/depression.7. It is a low-impact exercise.8. Lowers the LDL ( bad ) cholesterol.9. Raises HDL ( good ) cholesterol.10. Can help to lower blood pressure.11. Can help with the management of type 2 diabetes. ( always work with your doctor on this & follow his/her advise )
There are lots of ideas out there about HR and weight loss, but how true are they and what does it mean? Well first lets understand HR max, there are many esitmations of HR max 220-age is a popular one though the accuracy of it is a bit suspect. There is also 206.9 - (.67*age), which seems to be more accurate or atleast closer to a good estimation. Max HR as a individual as finger prints the only way to truely know what yours is, would be to perform a max test, which I DO NOT RECOMMEND OR WANT ANYONE TO TRY!!! This means we are left with estimations.
www.bethesdapersonaltraining.comFitness training balances five elements of good health. Make sure your routine includes aerobic fitness, muscular fitness, stretching, core exercise and balance training.By Mayo Clinic staff