Need More Pep in Your Step?
Ancient Chinese philosophers recognized that a sedentary lifestyle would lead to certain diseases that could be prevented with regular exercise. Ancient Greeks participated in gymnastics, running, jumping, and wrestling because they believed that a strong, healthy body was necessary to harbor a sound mind.
In the words of the Greek philosopher Hippocrates, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”
How Many Steps Do I Need to Make?
According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans the recommended amount of activity for adults is the following:
5 hours each week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity AND muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
2 hours and 30 minutes each week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity AND muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
Things to Consider with Exercise:
1. Do weight bearing activities such as running or using a small trampoline (Google: rebounder)
2. Drink plenty of water, if you go over an hour remember to replenish with a sports drink, gel or light snack
3. Great supplements to include: joint support formulas, vitamin B, and high quality organic fish oils rich in omega-3s.
4. Warm up and cool down with light stretching
The Mind really is a terrible thing to waste…