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

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and was able to spend time with friends and loved ones. This becomes even more important as we get older, as opposed to getting gifts, because spending meaningful time with people we love makes us feel good. I am going to talk about getting older, or healthy aging, in this post as this is the group of people that we see the most of at Better Bodies Tucson. A lot has changed in the fitness industry in the last 10 years, let alone 50 years, that many who are over the age of 55 don’t know about. The goal of being active and exercise is to be healthy and feel well. Many of the “lifestyle” diseases, like diabetes and some forms of cardiovascular disease, we see today are a direct result of inactivity or a sedentary lifestyle.

More and more research is being done on the effects of exercise on the aging human being that is shedding light on what we should be doing to grow older with health. Studies suggest at least 150 minutes per week of moderate to high intensity cardiovascular exercise. Resistance training 2 to 3 times per week helps maintain lean body mass and keeps the hormonal system functioning well. It also also helps to counter the effects that gravity and ground reaction forces have on our posture. In the active adult, active being the operative word here, we want to be engaged in activities that promote flexibility, agility, strength and balance. The real question is, how do you develop the correct program that matches your current fitness level and can progress you to achieve these physical goals. With all the information out there on the internet and in fitness magazines, it can be confusing and dangerous. Because the fitness industry is becoming so specialized and science based, you really should seek out a certified personal trainer that has the knowledge and experience to provide you with an effective and injury-risk free exercise program.

20-30 years ago people were changing the motor oil in their car, and other maintenance issues as well, but nobody is really doing that anymore. Vehicles have become too technologically advanced. The same can be said for fitness, it has become so scientifically advanced that it requires the experience of a fitness professional who has taken the steps to be educated and certified.

Contact Better Bodies Tucson at 520-318-3488 to find an exercise program just right for YOU!