Exercise is not about getting abs, or a slimmer waist, or burning off fat and getting as lean as possible. That’s all vanity and nothing to do with wellness.
Exercise and movement is about keeping your muscles, your joints, your ligaments and your cells healthy so you can continue to do the things you love for as long as you choose. Maybe you love running, surfing, golf, hiking, riding horses or simply playing with your kids.
Exercise maintains your strength and range of motion to keep your body functioning at its best. I want you to thrive in this life. I want you to be able to physically do the things that you love, no matter what your age, no matter what your limitations. So your goal with exercise is to start taking care of the body you own. Keep it active, give it nourishing movement that keeps you functioning at your most natural state. You will look better, you will feel better, and you can do what you love for as long as you choose.
Where are we on the wheel of wellness?
This is the Wheel of Wellness. A model to help you understand the different components that create true wellness in your life.
We are currently looking at exercise, 1 of the 4 health essentials.View the interactive version here
The components of exercise
1. foundation of movement
Live your days filled with low impact movement. This keeps your body functioning optimally. Aim to walk 10,000 steps each day & stand or move for at least 50% of it.
2. resistance training
Maintain muscle tone & increase bone density by lifting heavy objects. Do this at least 2x week through weight training, gardening or general labour.
Maintain your heart strength & cardio fitness by moving maximally in short intervals. Do this at least lx week through cycling, rowing, swimming or running.
Maintain your range of motion & reduce stiffness by creating suppleness in your joints & muscles. Do this at least lx week through yoga, stretching, bands or self massage.
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