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23.5 Hours- You DO have time

Today in class my professor shared this video with us and I really liked it and wanted to pass it along.  It’s also always nice to hear from a doctor that supports our profession.  I hope you watch it, and feel inspired!: 23 and 1/2 hours

Did you know it’s better to be fit and overweight then skinny and not fit?  Exercise is so beneficial to us, it’s really more like a natural medicine.  From personal experience, it improves my mood, releases worries and tension, and overall makes me happier.  Now that I’m into week 3 of training runs, I can’t explain it any other way then saying that my cardiovascular system just feels stronger.  I wake up energized, and have given up coffee completely!  For me running is my happy place, but like the video says, even if you are walking, it’s still helping.  Not to mention all the other choices you have like biking, swimming, dancing, sports with friends, etc.

One useful suggestion I have for you is to literally schedule it into your planner like it’s part of your job.  I will write “8 am- run ___ miles.”  I believe it really helps form the commitment, and also gives it the same importance as everything else in your crazy life.

If you need some inspiration, my 60-something year old professor (pushing 70) runs 6 miles every morning.  Not only did he raise his HDL’s (your “good” cholesterol) by almost 20 points, and got rid of his hypertension, but lets be honest, he kicks ass to be doing that at his age.  So get your tush off the couch and treat your body well! :)

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Zumba

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday with people you love.

This post is going to be about Zumba!!  I have to admit I was very skeptical at first glance of the DVD box with half-naked girls drenched in sweat.  But.. despite the apprehension, I performed it in front of my entire family tonight and had a BLAST!  For those of you who don’t know what it is, here is a little description from the zumba website:

“Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba Fitness-Party. It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning students.”

It was interesting to read that Zumba was discovered by accident.  An aerobic instructor, Alberto “Beto” Perez, forgot his music for class one day and improvised with the Latin music in his backpack that he had grown up listening to.  From that one class, it became a huge hit and expanded from there.

As a disclaimer: I am a runner.  Coordination and flexibility is not my thing at all (I look like gumby having a seizure), but this was SO fun! It was more like a night out of dancing and I highly recommend you all try it in the privacy of your home, or if you don’t have a Wii, sign up for a class at your local gym to give it a try.

Here is a link to find an instructor near you: http://www.zumba.com/en-US/instructors/search/

Depending on the scientific body making the recommendation, physical activity recommendations vary.  The consensus is that you want to have at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on most days of the week.  Moderate intensity means you can’t carry on a conversation, but you aren’t dying in pain either.  Zumba is a great way to get this into your weekly routine without even leaving your house in these cold winter months.

Good luck!

*I was not paid to endorse Zumba in any way, this post is purely based off my personal experience with it :)