Recreating For Fitness

I love to stay active.  I find that being active daily makes me feel better than when I do nothing physical so for me, it makes sense to do something as often as I can.  As I’ve gotten a bit older and have been physically active well over 40 years now, I’ve gotten a bit smarter (not much, just a bit) and look for activities that are fun, physically stimulating (challenges my heart, lungs, muscles, functionality, balance) and are safe for me to do.  Safe in that I limit the downside of injury while I’m performing an activity as well as how it will effect me in the long run (just because something doesn’t bother you while you’re doing it doesn’t mean it won’t later in the short term or long term).

RecreationPassportlogohighres_326046_7For years now I have been an avid cyclist. I have a few bikes to my name and depending on my mood, desired effect, weather and some other factors, I will opt for a particular bike to use for a particular stimulus.  Without getting into too many boring details, suffice it to say that I have a variety of bikes that give me a variety of benefits and so I have utilized these bikes to recreate and enhance my fitness.  See, most folks think that improving your cardiovascular system, body composition, mobility, blood pressure, etc. is relegated to the gym.  It’s not.  You don’t need a special aerobic program to get fit.  You don’t need to have a machine tell you when to go faster or to slow down, go up a hill or down a hill because when you are out recreating, you are doing all that inherently.

I could go on here but I’ll just get down to the take home message: get out, expand your options, your mind and your lungs.  Go for a walk, bike ride, jog, hike, play volleyball, etc. outside and enjoy the many benefits of recreational activity.  I promise you it’s a lot less boring and has many more advantages.

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Anyone Can Do Intervals

Interval training is usually associated with all-out, gut busting effort, brunning3ut it doesn’t have to be that way all the time. In fact, we probably engage in interval training more often than we recognize such as walking up a flight of stairs or hurry across a street to get to the corner.  Another means of achieving an interval effect is to keep rest periods to a minimum while strength training (that’s how we do it) to get the best of both worlds.  In this quick clip, leading authority on interval training, Dr. Martin Gibala talks about walking and intervals.