Lord, I’ve got to keep on moving … Bob Marley
Move for health and longevity
By Roger Childs
All the research spells out that movement and exercise has got to be good for you.
Whether it’s yoga with sacral chakra crystals, stretching, strength training, running, walking, cycling, swimming, dancing … moving is great for lowering stress, making you healthier and increasing life expectancy.
There are plenty of myths about exercise. How about putting stress on the joints? A recent America study from Bringham Young University found that running is actually good for your knees.
Some enthusiasts find music helpful too…
The benefits of moving and flexibility
By choosing healthy habits every day, we can create a gene activity pattern that is more beneficial for our health. Ivana Buric, Coventry University
In her scientific studies, she found that regular exercise and, what she calls practising mindfulness, reduces stress. She recommends yoga, meditation, breathing exercises and tai chi as ways of improving mental and physical health.
Many fitness professionals and academics recommend 150 minutes of exercise a week to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A local Kapiti sports coach trains people from teenage to mid fifties and sets weekly programmes. He emphasizes that flexibility is important.
Particular activities don’t have to be done on specific days. Bad weather, school or work commitments and unexpected events may mean that the set programme needs to be adjusted. The important thing is completing the schedule. At the end of the week his athletes work out what percentage of the programme was done.
You may be settling into a fitness programme or may have been exercising and training for years.
Whatever, there is always the opportunity to expand your horizons.
Going beyond what you’ve planned has got to be good for your morale and self confidence. It may be extending where you walk, run or ride, or challenging yourself to do more in the gym.
Exercise and training should always be manageable, however it is easy to convince yourself that you’ve done enough.
There is tremendous satisfaction in going the extra mile: doing an extra block; going for an hour rather than 50 minutes; lifting a heavier weight; swimming a couple more lengths in the pool; adding an extra repetition in the gym.
A friend who is training for a half marathon, recently planned to do a run of about 23 km. He missed the turn-off from the Kapiti expressway track and got home having done 29.4km. So he threw in another block to get up to 30km.
Way to go!