If you missed the original airing of our recent “Ask an Expert: Live Webinar,” you can still watch it. But if you’re more the reading type, sit back, relax and enjoy LynnAnn’s response to your unanswered fitness questions.
Q: LynnAnn, what do you recommend to someone who doesn’t like exercise?
A: The best answer to this question is yet another question. Ask yourself “what do I like to do?” Swimming? Walking? Biking?
Maybe you’re a person that really enjoys travel and seeing new places and people? If so, plan an excursion maybe once a week in your area?
Tap into your sense of adventure? You can take a class to learn how to do something active like canoeing, kayaking, wind surfing, or perhaps something that is a little slower moving and yet still affords you physical benefits.
Try a stress reducing and core strengthening Tai-Chi class, a gentle yoga class or even a stretching class.
Keep in mind that no matter what you choose, make it at YOUR pace! Start small, for shorter bouts of time until you find the activity that awakens your sense of adventure.
Q: How often should I exercise? 7 days a week? 5 days a week?
A: That’s a really good question and one that I get quite often!
First, let me say that any movement is better than nothing.
Secondly, thinking more in terms of “how do I feel” rather than “how much should I do” may serve you better in the long run.
Exercising 3-5 times a week is fine…even 6 days per week perhaps, but what you’ll want to keep an eye out for is the symptoms of overtraining. The same feelings that you have when you’re not exercising return to haunt you when you over train, making you feel tired, sore, achy and unable to focus. My best advice to anyone is listen to your body and enjoy movement!
Q: Movement is extremely difficult for me, what exercises do you recommend for someone with limited mobility?
A: Take a load off your feet. Really! There are many ways to move your body. I don’t know the limitations that you have but certainly know that you CAN move. Try using a stability ball when you do cardiovascular activities. If you feel too uncomfortable to use a stability ball, pull up a chair. You can do a total body strength routine or follow a cardio DVD while in the chair.
Another great option would be to get to the pool. Water workouts allow you to move your body more comfortably, with displaced body weight on your joints.
You can lay on your bed to do both stretches and some strengthening moves.
The bottom line is the less you move, the harder it gets. Start with a little and work up to moving more each week.
Make sure to check with your doctor and/or physical therapist to see if you are “ok’d” to move at this point.
Q: Is there such a thing as too much cardio?
A: The guidelines are set for general good health by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Cardiovascular movement should be 20-60 minutes 3-5 times per week (see above answer). If you are sport specific training, then the guidelines will shift to accommodate the activity needed for training.
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