images-3For many of us, exercise is something we do to look good, excel and an athletic activity or to lose or manage weight. For some, the goal is to feel well or increase energy. Our philosophy at Better Bodies is that the purpose of exercise is to promote and achieve health. Health can be described as being free from illness or injury, or the state of a persons’ mental or physical condition. Exercise should therefore be performed on a regular basis to keep us illness and injury free, and in good mental and physical condition. Everything else, like a certain scale weight, a dress or waist size or performing at a greater level of conditioning are consequences of exercising for health.

The next question is how much. The answer is very individual and personal, but there are published minimum amounts of activity required to keep the Human Movement System operating optimally. The CDC advises two types, aerobic- 150 minutes per week and muscle strengthening- 30 minutes at least 2 times per week. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends the same, but with more specific types of exercise.

The best thing is to get, and stay active and to know your level of conditioning based on age, exercise history, what types of activity you find enjoyable and your motivation level regarding your attitude toward exercise. Working with a Fitness Professional at Better Bodies will help you with all these and more.

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While the road to health provides daily obstacles, there are certainly times throughout the year for major hurdles, and summer is one of those times. Many people have been working diligently to get healthy since New Years Day, or maintain health they have achieved and summer presents challenges that may have yet to be faced or are regular stumbling blocks.

  • First there are the backyard pool parties and barbecues, which are necessary for summer socialization, but can be rife with many unwanted calories in the way of  processed food, chips, sugar and alcohol.
  • Many people travel during the summer which limits access to healthy food and opportunities for maintaining our activity and exercise levels.
  • Summer can also drive stress levels up because of these challenges, added to with kids being out of school, making travel arrangements and being with friends and family away from our regular environments and schedules.

Just as with the Holidays around Christmas, planning on how you are going to include health considerations into your summer fun is imperative. I always get asked by my clients who are planning on traveling ” What should I do about exercise when I’m away?”. I recommend planning an active vacation, which isn’t a vacation that includes a lot of different activities, but one that includes physical activity like walking or hiking tours, swimming or kayaking, or maybe even a fun run. I don’t recommend gyms because I don’t know what type of equipment is available, but I do recommend daily stretching and flexibility exercises to offset the increase in sitting on planes and walking.

I also highly recommend booking accommodations that have a kitchen. Not only can you save a lot of money on eating out, but you will also be able to stick  more closely to your nutrition regimen.

Contact Better Bodies now to take advantage of our summer specials like 50% off of 12 – session packages, and find out how to make your summer fun AND healthy. 520-318-3488

Health can be defined as the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. That is pretty technical for most in our society, but I think too many people in our country define health as the absence of illness or disease. As this becomes an operational premise for people, it precludes them from being proactive about their health. Health, for Fitness Professionals, is way of life that we try to educate our clients about. In our American culture, this must be something that has to be approached to with some thought and planning. In many other cultures, healthy living is as natural as breathing. No fast food. Walking or riding a bicycle for everyday tasks. No refined sugar. Social get-togethers without food, but centered around activity.  A regular Yoga and meditation practice. Unfortunately, this is not the American way, by and large. We take these things on as we feel the need to change the direction of our health, or upon the direction of our doctor.

The problem then becomes, what type of exercise to get involved with? Which diet protocol to follow? How much activity is enough?There is a lot of information available to become healthy, and maintain health, but to prevent burnout I suggest keeping it small, consistent and achievable. Small changes in everyday behavior allows for us to make regular progression towards health. The level to which you should direct your efforts should match the ability to efficiently achieve your daily activities. Getting fit doesn’t have to mean training for a triathlon, nor does a healthy diet have to mean 12% body fat. The end game should always be-does what I do, or don’t do, promote health? Do what I eat, or not eat, promote health? The motivation is better as a positive by seeking health, rather than a negative by adopting behaviors to avoid becoming ill or getting a disease.

Call the Health and Fitness Professionals today at Better Bodies Tucson to find out how to make small and consistent changes that can contribute to a healthy and enjoyable life at 520-318-3488.