I am really excited about this post. In my efforts to get my pre-kid body back and a become healthier, happier mom in 2009. I am exploring health and fitness with a new attitude. I am working with Dr. Andrew Gottlieb of Eagle Chiropractic and throughout the next few weeks you will learn a lot about the benefits of chiropractic care through many articles written by Dr. Gottlieb.
The New Year is now upon us. We have made resolutions, with regards to our family, our children and our health. Now what? At our office, to make the participation of these resolutions more attainable, we have broken it down into three separate focuses for your health, Endurance, Strength and Structure. In this week's article we will focus on the first of those three separate and distinct factors to work on to improve our overall health and fitness.
This week's focus is on ENDURANCE.
Endurance training, of course helps to maintain and improve cardiovascular function. We also know it reduces risk factors associated with coronary artery disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. What some of us may forget though, is that endurance training also helps improve our health status and increase our life expectancy. It also helps improve bone health and reduce our risk for osteoporosis, especially in postmenopausal women. A nice side effect of endurance training is that it helps preserve our cognitive function and alleviate symptoms of depression.
Okay you say, I’m in!!! Now what do I do.
Let's talk about what endurance training is. Endurance training is beneficial after 20 minutes minimum. So unless you are consistently performing and activity for over 20 minutes, you did not gain the benefits listed above. The goal for most of us, should be 2 hours total per week of endurance training. Do not get confused that you need to exercise 30 minutes per day four separate days during the week. Remember, the goal is 2 hours total. So 2 one-hour trainings works just as well. Or one one-hour training and 2 30-minute trainings. Or any other combination that works for YOUR SCHEDULE. So when the goal is 2 hours per week, and not everyday, it takes the pressure off of any one-day meaning too much. Now you know that if you miss a training, you can just make up that time later in the week. Remember two hours per week total is the goal!!
If you have any questions about setting up an endurance training program. Please do not hesitate to call. Just tell our staff that you a Chester County Moms blog reader, and for the entire month of January we will help set you up on an endurance training program at no cost.
See you next week,
Dr. Cynthia Glendening
Dr. Andrew Gottlieb
Eagle Chiropractic, P.C.
30 N. Village Ave.
Exton PA, 19480
2091 Pottstown Pike
1404 Horse Shoe Pike
Glenmoore PA 19343