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Making “Healthy” a Reality Pt. III: Motivating Movements

“Uncertainty is the blank space before creation.” – Author Unknown

You are only limited by what you impose on yourself.  Therefore, the behavior of adding movement to your day and motivating yourself to become healthier need not be felt as daunting, but more as “wondering”. You should ask, “I wonder what it would be like if I tried…” To get your creative juices stirring, I’ve put together a gallery of 10 movements that might be worth forming a habit for.  Let the motivation creation begin!

2. Stand up paddleboarding.

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Recently, I took a woman out for a paddle boarding lesson who had never exercised a day in her life.  She wanted personal training, so I knew the best way to effectively ease her into working her whole body could be done by introducing her to stand up paddling.  Stand up paddling (or SUP) works the entire body when done appropriately.  Moreover, it’s no impact, and it involves the therapeutic effect of connecting with nature, fresh air, sunshine and Vitamin D, all of which dramatically effect weight loss and improving overall health. 

Click here for a simple strength routine!

No matter what you choose as your healthy new habit, get it in following the guidelines set by the American College of Sports Medicine for optimal health:

Resistance Exercise

  • Adults should train each major muscle group two or three days each week using a variety of exercises and equipment.
  • Very light or light intensity is best for older persons or previously sedentary adults starting exercise.
  • Two to four sets of each exercise will help adults improve strength and power.
  • For each exercise, 8-12 repetitions improve strength and power, 10-15 repetitions improve strength in middle-age and older persons starting exercise, and 15-20 repetitions improve muscular endurance.
  • Adults should wait at least 48 hours between resistance training sessions.

What’s your favorite form of motivating movement? Share below!

 

References: 

  1. http://awomanshealth.com/10-minute-workouts-three-times-a-day-for-better-health/
  2. http://acefitness.org/acefit/expert-insight-article/47/4867/improve-walking-workouts-with-weighted-vests
  3. http://www.acsm.org/about-acsm/media-room/news-releases/2011/08/01/acsm-issues-new-recommendations-on-quantity-and-quality-of-exercise

 

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