Now that spring is in full bloom, people are starting to get out more to enjoy the beautiful weather. The winter couch potato season is over and the outdoor fun has begun. At this time of year, many people break out of their sedentary winter habits and start to get more active; they join sports teams, start their jogging routines, pull out the bikes, inline skates and other fun outdoor summer activity supplies. But if you have been inactive during the colder months, you risk injuring your back and other tissues when you start increasing your activity levels again. Here are some tips to help reduce hurting yourself when you start your summer exercise activities.
Let's face it, winter can be a brutal season where snow, ice, cold, and high wind chills dominate most places. The frigid temperatures keep most people inside wishing for an early spring. But while winter can be a harsh time of year, there are also many advantages to the winter season. When it's not too cold to enjoy the outdoors, there are many winter activities that you can do that are not only fun, but also great exercise. Here are some of the best winter pastimes you can enjoy that will also strengthen your back muscles.
A new year means new beginnings. For many, those new beginnings come in the form of New Year's resolutions, or promises to ourselves to change bad or unhealthy habits. Sadly, most people don’t keep their resolutions and within weeks are back to their old patterns. Whether your goal is to lose weight, get in shape or quit smoking, there are things that you can do to help stay on track with your plans.
Now that the students are back in school and most adults have settled back into their work routines, people are doing a lot more sitting. But are we sitting properly? Having the right posture while occupied at your desk is a crucial but often under looked part of our overall health. Poor posture results in:
There is no denying that as a society, we live a very sedentary life. In fact, we are more sedentary now than we have ever been. The everyday modern conveniences that dominate us today have eliminated the need to physically perform task in order to accomplish your goal. For example, where people used to walk from place-to-place, now use motorized transports.
We know that inactivity is hard on the body. There has been a lot of research to show just how much are bodies are affected by lack of movement. And scientists are still learning just how detrimental inactivity can really be. Our bodies need to move regularly to maintain optimal health. Regular physical exercise helps the body in numerous ways:
Keeps Bones and Muscles Strong
Physical activity strengthens bone formation, and increases bone density therefore, reducing the risk of injury including fractures or breaks. Muscle strengthening exercises build and increase muscle mass, keeping the tissue strong and agile.
Fights Disease And Medical Conditions
Regular physical exercise improves circulation and strengthens our internal organs such the cardiovascular system. A stronger heart and lungs decreases the risk of heart disease and strokes. Daily activity also decreases the risk of certain cancers, Type 2 Diabetes, Asthma, Arthritis and Metabolic Syndrome and numerous other diseases and medical conditions.
Healthier Body Weight
Exercising daily helps maintain a healthy body weight by burning calories. The more physical work you do, the more calories you burn. As well, muscle mass burns more calories than fat tissue so building muscle mass will help burn off the calories that are consumed even when you aren't actively exercising.
Improve Mental Health
It's been long proven that exercise helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Clinical studies have proven that physical exercise changes the activity in the brain producing a more calming effect. It also releases endorphins which are chemicals in the brain that create a more energized, uplifting sensation. Movement relaxes muscle tension and improves neurological function and brain activity. These positive results help improve our mood.
Exercise helps improve our self image and self esteem. We feel happier when we have a more positive outlook about ourselves and feel more confident with our physical well being.
There is no denying that physical fitness is good for our bodies in numerous ways. Every part of our body benefits from regular physical exercise. So how much exercise should a person get each day? On average an adult should do 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity and 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. Broken down, it equals 21.5 minutes of moderate physical activity such as a brisk walk and 10.7 minutes of vigorous exercise such as jogging or dancing per day.
Strength training exercises also need to be included at least twice per week to improve muscles and joints. The amount and intensity of strengthening exercises will vary from person to person.
Simply put, 32 minutes of physical activity will improve your physical and mental health and help you live a longer, happier life.