Cardiovascular exercise is important not only because it burns calories but also because it strengthen our hearts. A brisk walk for an hour can burn 500 calories. However, in order to lose one pound we need to burn about 3500 calories, so obviously we want to add additional, more efficient options.
This can be applied to any exercise including walking, running, dancing etc. Richard Cotton, a spokesman for the American Council on Exercise says “Varying your pace throughout the exercise session stimulates the aerobic system to adapt,” says Cotton. “The more power the aerobic system has, the more capacity you have to burn calories.”(www.webmd.com)
Strength training is essential in calorie burning. The more muscle groups you engage in your exercise the more calories you burn. Squats are a perfect example for that kind of functional exercise, but you must perform it correctly (think sitting on a low chair).
A more advanced exercise than squats, lunges target multiple muscles and a great calorie burner. Also, lunges mimics walking but exaggerated.
This is a great exercise that can be modified to any level of finesse and strengthen the chest, shoulders, triceps and the core trunk muscles. “For someone who is at a more beginning level, start by pushing from the kitchen-counter height. Then work your way to a desk, a chair, the floor with bent knees, and, finally, the floor on your toes.” (www.webmd.com)
Obviously, if you have not yet had your spine evaluated for misalignment, undiagnosed previous injuries or am currently experiencing health issues like back or neck pain please see your chiropractor for a consultation. Working out is very important, however, if done on an unstable spine you will simply exacerbate the problem.
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(Please read the medical disclaimer below before doing any exercises suggested here).
Also, we’ve changed our office hours and wanted to make sure everyone know exactly what to expect. We will be open every day from 8-12 and 2-6 except Thursday morning (8-12) and Friday afternoon (2-6).
So, Thursday Morning and Friday afternoon the office is closed. Have fun and see you soon.