According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 1/3 of U.S adults are obese and approximately 17% of children and adolescence ages 2 -19 are obese (that rate has tripled in just one generation). The health of future generations is at stake. Our kids are in trouble. It is not to late to reverse this trend.
Week oneMonday August 22First night of running class- hope I don’t regret it this! I have no idea what I’m getting myself into. I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the group. I’m a bit intimidated-turns out a few have been running 5ks this summer. We started with a brisk walk to the sanctuary. We did sprints and actually I surprised myself- I felt pretty good! Bet I’m going to feel it tomorrow. We have homework!August 23
Never bounce when you are stretching. Bouncing can lead to microscopic tears in your muscle fibers. Rather, when stretching, breath and take in oxygen to help repair and recover more efficiently. Hold your stretches 20-30 seconds to allow time for your muscles to relax.Don't push your body past the point of being a little uncomfortable. Be gentle with your stretches and always stretch after your muscle are warmed up to prevent injury.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics & the American Heart Association, 3 out of 4 adults do not exercise despite the knowledge that inactivity is related to heart disease, certain types of cancer, obesity, osteoporosis & frailty in old age. (March/April 2006 ACSM Health & Fitness Journal, Pg. 7)
The thought of exercise achievement can have a different perception to everyone. Is there a sense of achievement coming from past experience, group comraderie, or goal accomplishment . Past experience fueling achievement comes from reputation or what a person can do now with their exercise routine compared to 6 months ago. This could be completing a run/walk 5k to completing a 10k jog one year later. Group comraderie leads to exercise achievement, which takes place in team sport participation, partner workouts, fitness classes, etc...
Getting proper nutrients into yourself and your family is becomming a monumental tidal wave of poor health and not that many people even see it coming. Nutrition, or lack thereof, has been correlated (no actual causality mind you - science can rarely prove causal relationships) between poor nutrition and hundreds of health problems including many that were previously thought to be exclusively genetic.
Winter is often a time when people exercise less. This is due to the cold, often gloomy weather. Alot of people look to the sun, beach, park and pool for exercise and motivation. It is easy to lose motivation, pack on the pounds and acquire a flabby backside! How do you plan to stay active? How committed are you to your fitness going into the winter? Many of my clients turn to Spinning and yoga classes, snow shoeing and of course, "powder" (skiing). Some people continue their daily walks despite the rain, snow and cold.