Stop Thinking About Extra Fries… Think Exercise!By: Chantel Cheng
Eating healthy and getting the right nutrients is important but so is getting the right exercise! Recommended by the Centre of Disease Control (CDC), as per the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines, two types of physical activities are needed each week to improve our health, aerobics and muscle strengthening. http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/
Everyone exercises differently, at different paces, different workouts, we just have different preferences. This effects the recommended times of these two types of exercises. If you’re someone who exercises at a more moderate level (brisk walking, light cycling etc.), you’re probably looking at somewhere between 2 hours and 30 minutes compared to someone who exercises more vigorously (jogging, running, etc.), 1 hour and 15 minutes of aerobic exercises. Or you can be someone who does a little bit of both? Find yourself a happy medium!
However, aerobics exercises on its own just isn’t quite enough. Muscle strengthening exercises for our major muscle groups should be incorporated into your weekly workouts for at least twice a week. Strengthening our major muscle groups such as our legs, back, abdomen, shoulders etc., are all very important as it helps us build a stronger and our looks. You know what I mean… don’t skip out on leg day!
Finding time for exercise in our already jam packed schedule may seem difficult at first but once you work out a routine for yourself, it all comes at ease. If you’re like me, lazy and not always motivated, work a Monday to Friday, 9-5 job I have just the tip for you! Try looking for classes in your area or on the way home. Many different exercise classes such as bootcamp, aerobics, yoga, spinning and many more are offered in and around the city, you can definitely find one that is convenient and to your liking. I find that taking weekly scheduled classes, and incorporating them into my routine made exercising more convenient and pleasurable. If you’re luckier and have a more flexible work schedule, by all means take those classes but maybe also take a look at outdoor activities. As we live in such a beautiful city, outdoor activities are offered to us all year round. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter, to cycling and kayaking in the summer there will always be an activity suitable for you.
If there’s a will, there’s a way! There is always a way to make exercising and physical activity work. “No time” is definitely not an excuse, it’s time to get off that couch and onto our feet. Time to exercise!