"Physical fitness is to the human body what fine tuning is to an engine. Being fit allows us to perform daily tasks vigorously and alertly, with energy left over! Fitness involves the performance of the heart and lungs, and the muscles of the body. And since what we do with our bodies also affects what we can do with our minds, fitness influences, to some degree, qualities such as mental alertness and emotional stability." So says the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
The Surgeon General of the United States reports "people who are usually inactive can improve their health and well-being by becoming even moderately active on a regular basis." Further, "greater health benefits can be achieved by increasing the amount of physical activity."
Simply, we can all benefit from including exercise in our regular routine! What level of exercise, and the frequency, depends on your starting point - where you are right now. Wellness On Wheels computerized assessment will provide you with a baseline of where youre starting from, including blood pressure, overall health risk assessment and strength testing. From this informed position we are able to develop a fitness program designed to meet your goals.
Until and if there comes a time when something, such as mandatory licensing by the government, is introduced into the industry, accreditation will remain the best method of establishing uniform standards for personal trainers, medical fitness professionals and fitness facilities.
If you are an adult over 50, including strength training as an integral part of your lifestyle, can have the following benefits:
- bone mineral density
- muscle tissue
- metabolic rate
- functional abilities
- glucose metabolism
- blood lipid profile
- low back health
|Reduce body fat Decrease arthritic pain Lower blood pressure
To learn more about fitness and exercise, we recommend checking out these sites:
Fitness Fundamentals Developed by the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, this article provides basic information regarding the four types of exercise, as well as some useful general information regarding weight control.
Shape Up America! Founded by former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, this site provides a test to determine your Body Mass Index, general information about fitness, exercise and nutrition, including menus and recipes.
National Institute of Health The Public Information Office at the National Institute on Aging produces science-based educational materials on a wide range of topics related to health and aging. Single copies of pamphlets are available free of charge.
Office of the Surgeon General This report from the Surgeon General includes reports presenting information on physical activity facts, benefits and suggestions.
Nutrition Action Newsletter This is a monthly newsletter that offers relevant information on food.
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