Functional training prepares us for activities of daily life and typically involves weight bearing movements using non-traditional weighted devices. Some functional modalities include kettlebells, sandbags, suspension trainers, BOSU trainer, etc. This exercise uses a simple pair of medicine balls focusing on conditioning the full body. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EXERCISE PROGRAM.
Whether just starting out or maintaining a long-term nutrition plan, we cannot take our eyes off the target. Most successful beginners start slowly by making incremental changes over time rather than wholesale changes overnight. Remember, wellness is not a destination … it is a lifestyle. Take one day at a time. Click here for a few other tips.
The latest research (National Cancer Institute, Mar 2018) questions the theory and practice that cardiorespiratory exercise must be of at least 10 minutes in duration to be effective. Now, it could be that all chunks of moderate to vigorous physical activities—i.e., not merely strolling—accumulated throughout the day may be sufficiently beneficial. Follow this link for more details.
Here is a simple program to introduce high-intensity interval training (HIIT) into your cardiorespiratory exercising. Please know, however, that HIIT is not advised for beginning exercisers and should not be used more than twice per week—steady-state cardio should be used on other days. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EXERCISE PROGRAMS.
As with most facets of health and wellness, too much of a good thing can easily lead to bad consequences. Somehow, we latch onto the idea that if this amount is good for us, more must be better. It simply is not true. If your doctor or dietician prescribes any supplement, take only the recommended dosage. And always keep your doctor informed regarding over-the-counter supplements you self-prescribe. Check out this link to learn more about the potential side effects of too much fish oil.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently published guidance and warnings about the use of energy drinks. In summary, these high-caffeine risky beverages are not appropriate for youth and certain adult at-risk populations. Further, they are neither appropriate for pre- or post-exercise consumption nor as sports hydration during exercise or heavy physical activity. Read the official ACSM position at this link.
We have all heard the term. But very few fully understand what it means, much less how to implement interval training into our fitness plan. So, here is a primer (though, rather lengthy, I’m afraid) on this very popular exercise program. For one thing, it is not recommended for exercise beginners. For another, great results can still be gained using other exercise programs. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EXERCISE PROGRAM.