Exercise that makes you move
Exercise of any kind should be fun. But it doesn’t strike a lot of folks like that. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that only about 22 percent of Americans meet even the minimal physical activity guidelines for aerobic and strengthbuilding activities! The less you get up and move around, the harder it is to feel like doing it in a way that feels satisfying.
That’s why we’re so enthusiastic about some cool tools that will make it a whole lot easier for you to start and continue to add at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day to your routine.
A new study out of Switzerland in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine found that for out of shape, overweight participants, using a pedal assist e-bike at least three days a week to commute to work provided as much improvement in cardiorespiratory function as a regular bike!
More of a hiker or walker — in theory? If you’d rather set out for a walk in the park or in a local forest preserve, but find you tire too easily or your joints get too sore to cover much ground, then walking poles can transform your experience.
Walking poles are made to assist on both soft and hard walking surfaces. With so-called Nordic walking poles, there are three strides you can do: Nordic walking, exerstriding (both more vigorous) and hiking (adds stability). You’ll want to choose a grip that suits your activity. Make sure it lets you hold the pole with a positive angle, to avoid stress and overuse of the wrist joint. You want different grip designs for fitness walking and for hiking, and a half-glove for fitness walking and a simpler strap for trekking.
Your assisted walk will burn more calories than walking without poles, and they’ll help you take weight off your joints, maintain your balance and increase your endurance. One study found that when going downhill, they can cut pressure on knees by up to 25 percent, and on flat ground by 5 percent.