Friday, January 3, 2014

Health note tips on working out

The PdC Public School weight room is open at all times for all staff with the use of your key-fob. Community members may contact the high school office to learn about hours and access. If you have not visited the facility in a while, you probably do not know that there have been cardio equipment updates.

However, if going to a fitness center to work out is not your cup of tea, this Health Note explains body weight exercises that you can do in your own home and still get the benefits of strength training without having to go to the gym or purchase expensive exercise equipment.

Mayo Clinic Health System Health Note
If you aren't comfortable with going to a gym to work out, try working out in the comfort of your own home. Body weight exercises are just as beneficial, if not more so, than weight training with equipment. Exercises like push-ups, squats, pull-ups, crunches, and lunges are all examples of strength exercises that you can do at home. You can also purchase inexpensive at home exercise equipment such as resistance tubes, swiss balls, medicine balls, bosu balls, and much more. There are many benefits to strength training that you can get out of body weight exercises, such as burning calories, toning muscles, increasing bone density, maintaining joint flexibility, reducing risk of injury, improving glucose control, decreasing arthritis pain, improving appearance and reducing age-related muscle loss.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that you do strength training activities 2-3 non-consecutive days per week for 20-30 minutes a session.

Amy Every
Senior Communication Consultant
Marketing Communications
Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare

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