One of the worst things we can do to our body is become sedentary. Sitting in front of a computer for 8, 9, or 10 hours per day just isn’t good for the joints, the muscles, and even the bones. So we bust a move! and exercise for health. The body needs stress, physically. You strengthen what you use and lose what you don’t.
I look at exercise as a three pronged process. All are equally important. 1. Cardiovascular – you need to get that heart pumping for thirty minutes a day, at least 4 days per week. 2. Strengthening – muscles have to be worked to a certain level at least 3-4 times per week. This should also take about 30 minutes to get through a mild strengthening program. 3.Stretching – a muscle that is not used will shorten over time. Stretch at the same intensity as you do your strength training. If you are pumping some serious iron, you need to spend some serious time stretching out those muscles. If you are doing a light band workout, do some light stretching to balance things out. Stressing the muscles also stresses the bones and joints. Bones get denser when they are stressed but become soft and demineralized when they are not. Joints produce lubrication through movement, so more movement means less arthritic changes. If you need more information on any of these processes, I can help with that or there are tons of exercise programs out there. So get out and bust a move either in the gym or on the dance floor.