The A-Z’s of Movement

By Sara Hodson

As you are starting your new exercise routine, you are probably learning more and more each day about movement and your body. Check out our A-Z tips and information to help you along your journey to healthy living.

A: Aerobic Exercise: A type of exercise that allows for cardiovascular conditioning. An exercise that allows your heart rate to increase during physical activity. This includes walking, jogging, biking, etc.

B: Blood Pressure: Once you have reached your ideal blood pressure level, it needs to be maintained. Proper exercise routines will help you keep your blood pressure under control.

C: Circuit Training: Often, daily workouts can be divided into stations and the complete list of stations is considered a circuit. When your prescribed workouts for that segment are completed, you have completed the circuit training. Circuit training targets strength building and muscular endurance.

D: Diversify: Keep your gut health in check by eating a well-balanced diet and plenty of vegetables to keep your gut microbiota diversified.

E: Endurance: This is defined by an increase in your exercise stamina. The more frequently you exercise, the more endurance you develop. Regular exercise and physical activity also improves your balance.

F: Fitness: There are 2 important types of fitness. Physical fitness is defined by the activity you are doing to keep moving. Mental fitness helps alleviate stress and promotes relaxation. Mental and physical fitness are both important to a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you are making time for both.

G: Goals: What are your goals with your workouts, your health, and your lifestyle? Keep these goals in mind on your new fitness journey. Write them down and keep track of your progress!

H: Healthy body: Your body is a wonderfully complicated system. There are many factors involved in health and well being. Keep moving and keep working towards your goals to a healthy lifestyle.

I: Individual: You are an independent, unique individual. Your workout regimen should be catered to your specific needs, goals, and abilities. Working out in a group setting, with your individual goals in mind, will help keep your workouts fun.

J: Joints: If you are suffering from joint pain, there will be many modifications available to assist and work around the areas of discomfort. Did you know that increasing your physical activity can also help with joint discomfort? Movement can help with bone density and lubrication of the joints.

K: Kinetic: The word kinetic is defined as relating to motion and movement. You are ready for kinetic action!

L: Lifestyle: Remember a change in your lifestyle will not be an overnight transformation. It is a new lifestyle that requires adjustments in many aspects. Small victories should be celebrated along the way.

M: Mental Health: Exercising increases blood flow to your brain, furthermore boosting your mood and energy. Mental health is an extremely important component of lifestyle change; keeping an active and healthy lifestyle promotes your mental health.

N: Nutrition: Everyone has specific nutritional needs based on medical conditions and physical fitness goals. It is important to keep nutrition a key focus as you are on your journey to healthy living.

O: Osteoporosis: There is an increased risk of bone fracture with osteoporosis. Regular exercise will help conserve bone tissue and help decrease bone loss. Exercise reduces the risk of bone fractures.

P: Progress: Your progress should be celebrated, no matter how big or small of a step it is in your journey to wellness. Every small step brings you closer to your goals!

Q: Quads: Strengthening your quads alleviates knee-joint arthritis and can help prevent further knee problems.

R: Resistance Training: A study has shown that resistance training helps individuals perform common daily tasks. Resistance training can help you feel stronger and more agile.

S: Serotonin: This is a chemical that makes you feel happy. It is released when you are exercising along with other chemicals that help boost your mood.

T: Trainers: Our trainers are ready to help you! They are professionally trained exercise clinicians with a specialty in medical rehabilitation and fitness.

U: Up: Get up and get moving! Sitting for long periods of time is bad for your health. If you are sitting at a desk, be sure to take breaks and stand up frequently.

V: Victory: A new lifestyle includes dietary changes, workout changes, and changes to your sleeping habits. It can be overwhelming to focus on everything at once. Celebrate each small victory along the way and be proud of the progress you’ve made so far.

W: Walking: Did you know a 10-minute walk after eating can help control your blood sugars? Walking has many benefits for a healthy lifestyle. Adding in a little walk to your day can really make a difference!

X: eXercise: You should feel good about the exercises you are performing. When you exercise in a group setting, it can keep you motivated to continue to show up and can boost your mental health. Your trainers are there to provide the best workout for you and want to see you succeed in your exercise program.

Y: You: You are worth it! Think of all the reasons that you want to make a positive change in your health. You deserve to live the best life you can and to go after your goals!

ZZZs: Don’t forget to catch your zzz’s. A solid night’s sleep is important when making adaptations and changes to a healthy lifestyle. When you are sleeping, your body can repair itself. When you are sleep deprived, it puts your body in stress, making it harder to exercise and eat right.

Keep in mind, you should always seek medical advice before starting an exercise program. It’s important to exercise safely and strategically to get the most out of your workout and avoid injury.

So, now that you understand the value of regular exercise, grab a friend or two and get moving! Your body will thank you later.



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