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» Which Workout is Right for Me.
» Reduce Your Risk of Adverse Drug Events with Chiropractic Care
» Seniors: Eat More Vitamins, Lower Your Risk of Frailty

Which Workout is Right for Me.

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Which Workout Is Right for Me?


Exercise has a wonderful way of decreasing stress.1 When people focus on pursuing joy as a motivator for physical activity, they find more freedom in exercise choices, and this inspires them to remain engaged in a physically active lifestyle.2,3

When choosing workouts or physical activities, find something you’ll enjoy and do it consistently. Participating consistently is much more important than completing the “perfect workout” once every few weeks. Keep in mind that the “right” workout might change, and what works for someone else may not work for you. The more you enjoy your exercise program, the more likely you are to participate for the long haul.2

As we discussed in a previous blog, the benefits of resistance training and cardio are important to physical and psychological health, but this doesn’t mean going to your local gym every day. It does mean discovering your way of becoming consistently physically active. It is important to assess your individual needs and what kinds of physical activities can address those needs. Take a moment to answer the following questions:

  1. What activities of daily living could be easier for you?
    • Example: Walking up stairs
  1. Do you have the energy to get through a normal day?
    • Example: Having the energy after work to spend quality time with family/friends
  1. What types of physical activity do you enjoy doing?
    • Example: Hiking
  1. What recreational sports, if any, do you currently participate in?
    • Example: Mountain biking

The best exercise program should be centered around the areas of your life that you want to improve and enjoy. SMART Goals can help guide the process of finding what will work for you.

SMART Goals & principles

SMART Goals is a systematic approach to setting specific goals with action steps and timelines. Applying this concept will assist you in choosing the most appropriate workout or physical activity. SMART Goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-sensitive.

Consider this example for mountain biking and push-ups:

  Mountain biking Push-ups
Specific Complete a 28-mile ride Do 30 in a row
Measurable 28 miles by set date 30 in a row by set date
Action-oriented Gradually increase distance Work up to 30
Realistic Yes Yes
Time-sensitive Complete by goal date Complete by date

Now it’s your turn! Grab a piece of paper, pen, and write down a couple of SMART Goals. If nothing comes to mind, spend time exploring what physical activities are associated with joy, fun, community, and family.

Bring your goal(s) to fruition using three basic principles of strength & conditioning (S&C):

  • Specific: The exercises, workouts, and/or physical activities we do should reinforce our paths to completing our goal.
  • Mountain bike example: Ride parts of the trail to familiarize yourself with the entire route piece by piece.
  • Progressive overload: Consistently pushing your body a little bit past its physical state, just enough to cause it to adapt.
  • Push-ups example: Gradually increase the number of push-ups you do in a single try. Complete 13 on the first try? In a few days, try for 15.
  • Progression: Taking exercise, workout, and/or physical activity to a new challenging level.
  • Mountain bike example: Once you can complete the entire route in one session, try riding faster, a longer route, etc.
  • Push-ups example: When you reach 30, work up to 30 clapping push-ups.

Can you see the overlap with your SMART Goals and the basic principles of S&C? If you have questions about how to accomplish your SMART Goals, a personal trainer can help lay the foundation with you.

Exercise workout or physical activity?

Physical activity is any activity that elevates your heart rate above its resting rhythm. Exercise is an activity done repetitively to yield a specific result and is generally broken down into resistance training and cardiorespiratory training. Resistance training is a form of exercise that requires movement against an external force. Cardiorespiratory training is a type of exercise that holds an elevated heart rate for a sustained period of time. These physical activities and exercise can be performed in and out of traditional gym settings. Get an in-depth look at the benefits of each.

If you thrive in a communal setting, group exercise classes can be a great way to establish connection.4 Or if learning about resistance training interests you, a certified personal trainer or strength coach can work with you privately or in a small group. If you enjoy being outdoors or aren’t interested in a gym, find a local personal trainer who holds sessions outside.5

Trainers and coaches have different resistance training tools that they prefer: suspension trainers, kettle bells, Olympic weight lifting, calisthenics (body weight), etc. Acquiring a new skill can be a world-expanding experience to new physical strengths and energy as well as a source for new goals. Finding a group, coach, or teacher can greatly enhance your drive to stay engaged as well as staying on the path to a physically healthy lifestyle.6-8

I want to leave you with this: Find joy, purpose, and community. Encouraging one another to participate in a physically active life can provide a level of support that strengthens intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.2As always, consult with your healthcare practitioner before beginning any exercise program.

Until next time, live well and live active.


Author: Daniel Heller, MSc, CSCS, RSCC
Source: https://blog.metagenics.com/post/2018/09/26/which-workout-is-right-for-me/
Copyright: Daniel Heller, MSc, CSCS, RSCC 2018

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Reduce Your Risk of Adverse Drug Events with Chiropractic Care

If you are in chronic pain from back problems, you may be tempted to try anything to keep the hurt at bay. This might include taking addictive opioid pain killers or analgesics that have negative side effects.  These prescription drugs can cause "adverse drug events," which refer to any sort of injury or side effect caused by a medication.  Even scarier, the mortality rate from adverse drug events has been rising dramatically.  No one wants to die from a pain pill or end up addicted to it.   The Good News: Adverse Drug Events Can Be Avoided The next time you are tempted to just medicate your back pain away, contact your chiropractor.  By getting comprehensive chiropractic care, you may be able to reduce or completely eliminate your dependence on prescription pain medication.  In fact, it's been proven to work.  One recent study showed that chiropractic patients had a 51% reduced likelihood of adverse drug events within 12 months compared to nonrecipients.  Comprehensive chiropractic care for back pain can include spinal manipulation and adjustments, pain relieving exercises, and other wellness protocols that are safe, non-invasive, and don’t have those pesky and often dangerous side effects of drugs.  Reduce Pain with Chiropractic Care Today There is no need to risk adverse drug events when there is a safer option with chiropractic care. Contact us today for a consultation!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT June 2018. Vol 41, Issue 5, Pages 383–388
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019

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Seniors: Eat More Vitamins, Lower Your Risk of Frailty

A recent study has linked eating a vitamin-rich, balanced diet with a lower risk of developing frailty for adults age 65 and up. The research comes from the School of Medicine at Universidad de La Frontera in Chile.  The study looked at over 1,600 adults over the age of 65, none of which had developed frailty as they got older.  All of the participants offered in-depth information about their diet and food habits.  After the end of a follow-up period of about 3.5 years, 5.4% of participants (89 adults) had developed frailty.  Frailty is defined as a lowered amount of physiological health and functioning.  It often includes issues like fatigue, weakness, low activity, and slowness.  Most people expect older adults to develop frailty as a byproduct of old age, but frailty isn't totally age-dependent.  The Chilean study revealed that the seniors with the lowest levels of vitamin B6 at the beginning were 2.8 times likelier to develop some measure of frailty by the end of the research period.  This is in comparison with participants who regularly ate vitamin B6-rich foods like bananas, sweet potatoes, fish, tofu, and chicken.  Additionally, participants with the lowest vitamin E levels were 2.3 times likelier to develop some kind of frailty as opposed to those adults with diets rich in vitamin E.  Finally, the seniors who ate the least amount of vitamin C were 93% likelier to become frail than their counterparts who regularly ate vitamin C-packed foods like dark leafy greens, broccoli, and lemons.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Age & Ageing, online July 25, 2018.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019

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