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January 12, 2024

An Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure.

We haven’t changed biologically for thousands of years and yet we are more sedentary than ever. We used to get about 20 hours/week exercise living in organic, natural environments. With people even ordering their groceries online, people are more sedentary than ever and play less sports due to computers.

Exercise Can:

  • put off your meeting with the grim reaper
  • improve cardiovascular health, endurance and therefore strength as well
  • lower heart rate so heart will last longer
  • normalize blood pressure
  • improve heart efficiency thereby making your ADLS (activities of daily life) easier (less injury/back pain/faster repair)
  • decrease body fat, increases muscle
  • increase good HDL cholesterol and lowers the bad LDL cholesterol (reducing atherosclerosis)
  • lowers risk of diabetes
  • promote joint stability, strong core, mobility, strength of connective tissue and decreases susceptibility to injuries
  • increase strength
  • strengthen bones
  • increase resting metabolism which burns more calories (esp. resistance training!)
  • improve balance, coordination and agility
  • improve body image and self-esteem
  • reduce depression and anxiety
  • be a positive way to reduce stress (provided you don’t skip steps in development)

In short, if you can be motivated to do it you should, because think of how many people you know who are already burnt out before retirement. Not a pretty sight right? Much of that can be avoided.

If you’re unsure about training, you should know that, as a functional trainer, I would train someone very carefully at the outset and sometimes even regress experienced body builders who skipped core-building for stability and mobility. Again, we start with light energy-building exercise, stretch tight muscles and only then do we begin testing the core, assigning basic core exercise and possibly swiss ball or rubber band work under supervision or after supervision on your own and never to pain or soreness that lasts for days; that is not beneficial—think slow, long-term, lifestyle changes and practices to see a whole new you!

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Best,

Tom

Source: CANFITPRO/HUMANKINETICS “Foundations of Professional Personal Training” 2nd ed. p 29
Copyright © 2018 Canadian Fitness Professionals Inc.

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