Running certainly has benefit to helping someone exercise their way to a healthy shape, but it is not essential. The variety is endless when it comes to alternatives. Examples of this are high level/impact aerobics classes, circuit style classes that involve levels of jumping, hopping etc. and outdoor exercise groups. If you want to exercise on your own, skipping, spring against a bag and body weighted circuits are another option. The decision comes down to what you like to do.
One benefit of running that is essential to your long term health is the impact force on your bones. If you don’t run, you need to make sure you have alternatives which involve jumping, hopping etc. to improve or maintain your bone health.
Your health tip – Dementia prevention
A great read from the ABC health channel.
Exercise of the week – Standing upright rows
This week we are looking at an exercise that is a good resistance exercise for the shoulders and the upper back, as well as having an influence on the torso muscle integrity. This is a good exercise for those who need to strengthen their ability to lift repeatedly in a safe format. Tips for the standing upright row are:
- Begin with a light weight, even starting with just a light bar or a band. As you become more confident, slowly increase the resistance.
- Breathe in on the way down and out on the way up. At the top of the movement, don’t let the elbows flare above the shoulders.
- This is not an exercise for those with issues relating to an unstable or injured shoulder girdle.
- If it hurts, stop.
Your life tip
Self-sacrifice is a noble thing, but do not give until you have nothing left. That then becomes altruistic surrender, which is not healthy.
This week’s wise words
Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.
Have a great week and keep healthy in 2017. David.