Quite often discussions and conversations between friends, acquaintances and co-workers broach the topic of weight loss and exercise. It’s hard to avoid, images and stories are everywhere on the news, at the grocery checkout, late night television infomercials. The tabloids splash photos of what celebrity has ballooned to epic proportions and who’s lost too much weight and is suffering from an eating disorder. Advertisements are everywhere boasting the latest new food that’s either low fat, low carb, or low calorie and will make you thin, beautiful and happy if you just eat it. Late night infomercials drone endlessly about the latest exercise apparatus or DVD that will give you a 6 pack with little or no effort involved. The truth is that a balanced lifestyle of healthy eating and regular physical activity are the keys to health and wellness.
The level of health and wellness desired varies based on your personal physical and emotional wellness goals. What’s important is that these goals are yours and you’ve set them for your own reasons. Based on this premise, the level and type of activity you choose should correspond and complement those goals. Also it’s important to have a sound nutritional plan that also supports the goals and activities that you have set.
As an example, if your goals are to stay healthy, tone and tighten you should follow a simple program that includes cardio vascular activity, resistance training and flexibility exercises. Unfortunately, many have put exercise aside and find that activities and sports they used to love and excel at are harder to participate in. Regular exercise will also help maintain energy levels and help boost your immune system. It’s also important to note that you need to find something you enjoy for a successful implementation of a routine. If you don’t enjoy it, you just won’t do it! If you’re currently not exercising, it’s never too late to start exercising for a longer healthier more VividLife.
As you age, losing muscle tissue affects your metabolic rate, the rate at which you burn calories so, it’s important to build a strong body and create a habit of including physical activity in your daily routine. The body begins to slow down in your 40’s and your body will lose muscle mass which may affect your metabolism causing unwanted weight gain. This is a very important time to strength train as the threat of osteoporosis increases as women age. Type 2 diabetes is an increasing risk to adults in their 40’s who are inactive, are carrying excessive weight and have poor nutritional habits.
Cardio vascular activity will strengthen your heart and lungs, reducing the risk of heart disease and associated illnesses. There are a multitude of benefits of cardiovascular activity including reducing high blood pressure, reducing stress and anxiety, decreasing your resting heart rate, increasing your endurance levels, reducing blood sugar levels, decreasing body fat levels just to name a few.
Flexibility training is also an important component of wellness. Some of the benefits are: decreased risk of injury, reduced muscle soreness, improved posture, reduced risk of low back pain, increased blood and nutrients to tissues, improved muscle co-ordination and enhanced enjoyment of physical activities.
This is also an opportune time to do a nutritional assessment to be sure you develop habits that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Many people think they are eating “healthy” but aren’t eating the right balance of the major macronutrients to support their individual goals.
For those that have sports specific goals and activities, it’s essential to support that specific sport or activity with a complimentary program incorporating strength training, cardio vascular and flexibility training to ensure your enjoyment, and success in reaching your goals. A marathon runner will need to follow a different program than say a tennis player, a golfer, soccer player, hockey player or a paddler. All of the key components should be included but in different methods, intensity and duration specific to the individual sport and it’s requirements.
This is when a sound nutritional plan is a necessity to ensure you are fuelling your body for the optimal results. Your body needs fuel to perform and using the right type of fuel pre and post workout will help your body to perform better which in turn will enhance your results.
We outsource for services for professional advice depending on our needs. When our cars break down, we go to a mechanic, when we get sick, we go to the Doctor, we don’t cut our own hair so we go to the salon to get our hair cut. If you’re looking to improve your overall health and wellness you should enlist the services of a Personal Trainer. A trainer will assess your needs and prescribe an exercise prescription that’s the right type and dose for you and your goals as well as provide motivation, provide recommendation, provide tools to break through plateaus, provide education, ensure you’re exercising safely, and help you to improve your technical skills, and also provide nutritional counselling to support your programs and training.
— By Nancy Sinclair