"If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies." -Nadine Stair
Take the stairs!
Some exercise is better than nothing.
Studies have shown that accumulating short bouts of exercise can make a difference. For sedentary people, even a few minutes of daily stair climbing - a vigorous but easily accessible form of exercise - can improve cardiovascular health.
In one British study, 22 sedentary university-aged women walked up 199 steps in 2.25 minutes, a “brisk but comfortable” pace which shot their heart rates up to 90 percent of their predicted maximum. They progressed from one ascent per day during the first week to six ascents per day, for a total of 13.5 minutes over the course of a day, during the sixth and seventh weeks. By the end of this modest exercise program, the women were measurably more fit: Heart rate, oxygen uptake and blood lactate levels during climbing were reduced, and their HDL (''good'') cholesterol levels had increased.
Source: Preventive Medicine, 2000; 30, 4, 277-281
Don't let a case of the Mondays get to you. Set the tone right for the whole week. Have a super Monday!
Made New Year's resolutions? Whether it was to lose weight to be healthier, to eat better, or to make goals and take actions towards it, stick with it! Just like the exercises I prescribe, consistency is key!
As we prepare to enter the New Year and set new goals and resolutions, remember that "those who do most, dream most". Have a healthy, safe and happy New Year! - Dr. Eve
Dr. Eve Choe is a Toronto-based chiropractor, and certified posture expert, acupuncture & orthotics provider.