Over the last ten to fifteen years, research has provided data-based evidence to support the use, or lack thereof, of stretching and flexibility protocols. We now “officially” know that stretching has a purpose, as it can improve your range of motion, increase muscle flexibility, and prevent injury – if done correctly – across multiple ages and population groups. BUT– as we mentioned back in week one of May, how can we take the behaviors...more
Last week we told you to ‘Take a Break’ and explained how it improved not only your health but your fitness performance. Now let’s talk about moving and performance! As an exercise physiologist, I think it is important for clients to understand there IS a difference between physical activity (moving, great for health) and exercise (structured and planned at a higher intensity, great for performance). You see, fitness is about working the...more
What do you think of when you hear the word “exercise?” It may bring a sense of excitement, an adrenaline rush. While to others, it brings uneasiness, even disdain. Maybe you’re somewhere in between. What if you challenged yourself to think of it in different terms…in terms of “fitness?!” To participate in an activity or activities to bring greater FITness to your life… There are so many benefits to physical fitness. Take a look at the...more
Purpose: Improving Physical and Emotional Heart Health
At Balanced Wellness, we believe that having a sense of purpose is at the heart of the matter. It is placed at the center of our wellness wheel. I was introduced to the concept of a wellness wheel years ago, correlating with the dimensions of wellness. Somewhere along the way, I connected the analogy of a flat tire with the wellness wheel. The analogy has morphed into the...more
Look at the Correlation between Exercise and Weight Gain!
- Just MOVE! In addition to exercising less, we are taking far fewer steps since COVID hit. It’s amazing how little we walk when we are working remotely! Be intentional about standing for 5 minutes every hour AND taking a brief walk. If it is nice outside, go for a short walk every 90 minutes or so–create a walking meeting! Since we are spending so much time on virtual...
The World Health Organization defines physical activity as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure – including activities undertaken while working, playing, carrying out household chores, traveling, and engaging in recreational pursuits.
The term “physical activity” should...more
As we move from September to October, we will be moving full force into Fall! For many years, we have offered our Fall into Fitness program, and we’re excited to announce that we will be doing the program a little different this year–We will have a private Facebook group open to the community!
Seasons are a wonderful time to shift our lives. The temperature changes, causing us to choose different clothes, foods, exercise and more often...more
Benefiting the Body with Structured Exercise – VO2 Max Pt. 2
If you need to revisit last week’s blog to get caught up to where we are now, visit our blog page! This week we are discussing specific VO2 max parameters in regard to gender and age. We want to reiterate just how important it is to challenge your body with intense exercise so that you are at the lowest possible risk for...more
Benefiting the Body with Structured Exercise – VO2 Max Pt. 1
Last week it was about healthy eating and immunity, this week (and next– keep a lookout for part 2!) it’s more about cardiovascular health, exercise, and how the two affect your quality of life.
We want to give you a quick overview of VO2 max is and how joining us in our live, virtual fitness classes or maintaining your own structured workout plan can...more
Join our Spring into Summer Exercise Challenge! This can be set up as a step challenge, an exercise challenge or a workshop. Digital Wellness Coaching is included. We not only cover what the participant should do to improve all areas of their life, we also discuss how it can be worked into daily life – making a lifestyle behavior change. Strategies can be the key to carrying out our goals – specific, measurable, behavior related....more
FITT Principle Chart and American College of Sports Medicine Recommendations
Understanding physical activity guidelines can be simplified using the FITT Principle To see the chart FITT Principle and additional information on recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine, please click...more