We all know the importance and the benefits of exercise: elevates mood, reduces stress, improves body image, increases bone density, decreases the risk for many of the common chronic conditions we see today such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer & obesity.
I personally love to exercise, I love nothing better then going for a run early in the morning on beautiful trails of Santa Monica mountains or going to the gym and swimming or hitting boxing bags. But not everyone finds exercising exciting, for some people it’s boring, it’s a task itself, something extra that they have to do.
March is a National Athletic Training Month and I thought it would be nice to mention or suggest some other forms of activities that can be very beneficial to your health & may even be FUN for you to do by yourself or with a loved one. Whenever we think of exercising we usually think of going to the gym lifting weights, running on a treadmill, sometimes we even get a personal trainer to MAKE us do the exercises.
Here are some other activities to consider & the calories you burn in 1 hour:
Yoga – 189 – 594+ calories depending on the style of yoga
Swimming – 400 – 600+ calories depending on your weight
Ballroom Dancing – 200 – 400+ calories
Zumba Class – 500 – 800+ calories
Horseback Riding – 175 – 550+ calories
According to PLOS Medicine study, exercise increases the life expectancy by several years. The bottom line is find an activity or a combination of activities that you enjoy and do it several times a week.
Another important point I would like to make here is that as a society we are conditioned to correlate being healthy with being thin. As a nutritionist of many years I can honestly say that its far from the truth. I see every day in my office thin beautiful women but you look at their blood works or body composition and they are not healthy. Exercise is the best way to prevent the age-associated decline of lean muscle mass and increase of body fat. Studies show that the average person loses about 6.6 pounds per decade of lean muscle mass beginning around age 25 and the rate of loss accelerates after age 45.
Being healthy from within, body-mind-spirit is more important then the number on your scale. This means paying attention to your eating habits & emotional state.
If you are interested in getting your body composition checked please contact our office 818.302.0024 for available appointment and mention this article to get the March special, $40 (regular price $65)