Step up to better health
When shopping or working, park the car farthest from the entrance.
Take the stairs, not the elevator.
When walking to a meeting, take the long route.
Move those muscles and improve your health
St. Anthony's offers a variety of classes that will help you on the road to better health. Call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) and sign up today.
Whether they know it or not, most folks age 50 and older are familiar with aerobic exercise. They indulged in it nearly every day while growing up in a world without high-tech gadgets.
Aerobic exercise is the sustained rhythmic movement of major muscle groups, ideally for 30 minutes at a time, in pursuits such as swimming, running, bicycling, jumping rope, dancing and brisk walking.
The benefits are many. Exercising regularly helps:
“Almost every health problem can benefit from aerobic exercise,” notes Michael Knobbe, Exercise Physiologist in St. Anthony's Cardiac Rehab department for 13 years.
Knobbe helps cardiac patients head down the road to recovery after they've had a heart attack, bypass surgery or a stent. They focus on risk factor changes and develop an exercise routine. When he's not on the job, Knobbe enjoys running in marathons, half marathons and five-kilometer events.
“Really, brisk walking is easiest for most people to do,” he said. “Basically all you need is a good pair of tennis shoes. Even in inclement weather, some community centers and other organizations have indoor walking tracks.”
Knobbe recommends starting in small increments – even five minutes a day, if one is out of shape – and building endurance over time. Always check with your physician before starting any exercise routine, he adds.
“Start out easy, and just keep building up,” he said. “As you feel you're getting stronger, add on more time.”
The American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control recommend adults engage in 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week. That translates to about 30 minutes, five days a week.
“If you only have time for three days a week, try to make your routine a little longer,” he said.
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