Ex­er­cise that makes you move

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Well­ness Of­fi­cer and Chair of Well­ness In­sti­tute at Cleve­land Clinic. To live your health­i­est, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.shar

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.