You want to live a long, adventure filled life. You want to see your kids grow up, play with them and your grandkids. You want to spend more time doing the things you enjoy than time at the doctor’s office. You’d rather spend your money on doing things or buying things you really want than on medications, and doctors’ visits.
Summer is finally here. This means vacations, sunshine, pool parties, BBQ, lazy days and long nights. In the South, it also signals the coming of the dreaded heat and humidity. The it’s-too-hot-to-touch-the-steering-wheel days and the it’s-way-too-hot-to-go-outside days. And, let’s not forget the it’s-definitely-too-hot-to-workout days.
So, how can we beat the heat and stay active? Here are a few summertime tips to help keep you motivated to stay active, even on those too-hot-to-move days.
Is it too late to start exercising? Fitness professionals are asked this all the time, and here is the answer. No!!! Whether you haven’t exercised in a long time, haven’t ever exercised, are in your early 30s or your late 90s, it is never too late to start exercising...
Exercising, no matter when you start, can dramatically improve your health. You will have greater stamina, increased strength and endurance, improved balance and flexibility, a clearer brain, better heart health, lowered diabetes risk, and much, much more!
Many people I talk to want to exercise, but they either don’t have time to go to a gym, don’t like working out with other people, or don’t have any workout equipment at home. Of course they could try walking or running, but that’s not for everyone, and even if it is, sometimes you need a change of pace. So how can you work out at home without any equipment?
For anyone that has ever even thought of exercising, you’ll know that it is not always easy to get a daily workout in. Where our motivation might be high the night before, when our alarm goes off in the morning, it’s tough to get out of bed! Or we might be pumped about going to the gym after work, but by the time we clock out, we’re just too tired to follow through with our plan.
Diet and exercise. While these are often paired together, which is more important? Are both necessary?
Recent studies have shown that energy restriction through diet results in similar weight loss to diet plus exercise, while exercise alone results in lesser weight loss (1, 2). For many people skimming over these results in their doctor’s office magazine, dieting might seem like the path to take. But they’re only seeing half the story.
Current physical activity guidelines recommend accumulating at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week (or 75+ min. vigorous activity). There are many types of moderate intensity exercise, but one of the most common and most convenient forms is walking (1). Walking can be performed in a variety of settings. From quick walks on your lunch break to long hikes through the woods, walking gets you out and moving – and it’s free!
Now you may ask…how can I prevent cancer or is it safe to exercise during treatment or post surgery? The answer is YES. Several studies have indicated that the more exercise we get, the lower our risk of premature death from cancer. Not only does engaging in regular exercise help prevent cancer, but it also plays in invaluable role in helping individuals gain strength physically and mentally during treatment, as well as helping one return to the strength and fitness level that was maintained prior to surgery.