The Prescription for a Balanced Body

Dr. Paul Pearsall, author of The Pleasure Prescription, believes that many people are out of balance and sick because they lack pleasure in their lives.

  • Plan some time for pleasure instead.
  • Get a massage
  • Take a relaxing bath
  • Soak in a hot tub
  • Listen to beautiful holiday music
  • Connect with the Creator with prayer or meditation
  • Take appropriate supplements.

Doing these things will counteract the harmful effects of holiday stress on your body and mind, and you will be able to enjoy the holiday season.

 

Play! Make Fitness Fun!

That’s right. You can relive your childhood wishes of jumping on a trampoline—and get fit, too.

In fact, using a trampoline or rebounding is a great way to pump up your cardiovascular system and to have fun at the same time! If you can’t find a trampoline fitness class, then mini trampolines, or rebounders, are great, too. And they’re portable—meaning that you can even work out in front of the TV if you want to.

Not only is playing on a mini trampoline fun, but it also has some astounding health benefits.  Rebounding is an effective exercise that reduces your body fat; firms your arms, legs, thighs, abdomen and hips; increases your agility; strengthens your muscles overall; provides an aerobic effect for your cardiopulmonary systems; rejuvenates your body when it’s tired, and generally puts you in a state of mental and physical wellness.

If you’re new to a rebounder, then start by bouncing lightly on the rebounder, being sure to keep your feet planted on the mini trampoline. Or, try minimal bouncing by raising only your heels off the rebounder in an alternating pattern. Additionally, try some light jogging with your feet a few inches off the rebounder.

For those not new to the rebounder, you can increase your “bounce” by allowing your feet to leave the rebounder mat—keeping in mind that the higher you bounce, the better the workout.

Additional Tips: For more advanced play and “fun,” jog on your rebounder, raising your knees up to waist height. You can also incorporate jumping jacks on your mini trampoline, making sure your feet land well within the confines of the rebounder mat. To amp up your workout even more, you can run—instead of jog—on your trampoline. You can also add in light weights or high jumps—bouncing as high as you can with your arms extended to the sides—to your trampoline workouts.

In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint pain.

 

Play

No one wants to be forced to exercise!

Walt and Emily With Grandchildren, Tyler and Abby

Walt and Emily with Grandchildren, Tyler and Abby

So we must find easy, playful ways to “get physical”.
Suggestions:
Play outside with children or grandchildren (keeping up with them is tough!)
Take the stairs
Go for a walk (park further away)
Ride a bike
Jump for fun – use a rebounder
Learn methods of stretching and movement that you enjoy doing

 

 

Play on the Stairs        

Walt Canady, QRACN, CHC
Walking up stairs—at work, while shopping, or even as a playful workout can burn extra calories, build muscle strength and greatly improve cardiovascular health.
I weigh 165-pound, and I can burn at least 30 calories in only 3 minutes of walking up stairs. However, climbing those same stairs four times a day—a total of 12 minutes—can burn 116 calories! You can see how that adds up over a week, a month or even a year. And we are not talking about a hard workout here!
Additional Tip: If you’re just starting a fitness routine, then begin by slowly walking up one or two flights of stairs daily. As you gain strength and endurance, you can increase the number of stairs you climb, the time you spend climbing stairs as well as your climbing intensity—all of which will burn more calories, while increasing your strength and stamina.
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your healthcare professional, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness. This advice and more is FREE when you call 1-512-246-0851.