Healthy living is about finding balance between the many components that make up total wellness. One of the major factors in that equation is exercise. Planned and purposeful routines designed to improve the cardiovascular system and strengthen muscles keep your body functioning at its best.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity a week and muscle strength training on two or more days per week in their guidelines for adults.
The CDC website has other physical activity plans for adults too, all of them combining aerobic and strength training. Everyday Health has a great article about the difference between physical activity and exercise
As a female, the most common response I hear from friends when I ask if they do strength training is, “No because I don’t want to be bulky.” This response is apparently not uncommon according to 24 Hour Fitness personal trainer, Emily Aceves, 22.
Aceves says it is the No. 1 common misconception for females because they do not have enough testosterone to build muscle like males can. Plus there are many benefits to building lean muscle mass for females, including increasing basal metabolic rate (BMR) which means your body burns more calories when it is at rest.
What about students who feel their schedule is too buys to incorporate regular workouts?
“Find an activity you like to do, running, hiking, playing tennis; whatever gets you from a sedentary position to a standing position. Add movement to your life,” Aceves says.
Other noted benefits of regular exercise include a higher red blood cell count which oxygenates the body better and a decreased resting heart rate which makes the body work harder to pump blood and burns more calories, Aceves says.
For more information about exercise visit:
Everyday Health — Fitness
Exercise Prescription Website — ExRx