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Exercise…Part 2…the alternative

20 May

FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T OR DON’T WANT TO EXERCISE

After reading the first blog did you feel that you haven’t the time or exercise is not for you or it is not a thing in your family?

Have you joined a gym attended twice and not returned?

Discussing this with colleagues I was reminded of this programme which was shown in January 2013

Horizon programme BBC 2 The Truth About Exercise
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01cywtq

Also on YouTube.

Like many, Michael Mosley wants to get fitter and healthier but can’t face hours on the treadmill or trips to the gym. Help may be at hand.

He uncovers the surprising new research which suggests many of us could benefit from just three minutes of high intensity exercise a week.

He discovers the hidden power of simple activities like walking and fidgeting, and finds out why some of us don’t respond to exercise at all.

Using himself as a guinea pig, Michael uncovers the revealing new research about exercise, that has the power to make us all live longer and healthier lives.
After seeing the programme, there are several suggestions as well as other ideas such as:-

Walking around or even standing when you are using the phone
Using the stairs instead of the lift
(As suggested by my son when I proudly told him I manage 40 tummy tucks and 40 gluteal tucks when using the lift . He was not impressed and replied ‘Why don’t you just use the stairs mum?’

Getting off at a earlier bus stop or tube station and walking home or to work
Using stairs instead of escalator

Parking the car further from the shop entrance rather than driving around to find the nearest space to the door

Dancing with gusto to your teenagers pop music be it Reggae, House or Garage whilst preparing supper.
I once turned up at the local Nursing home for a ward round and as I arrived at the front door heard loud Reggae music ( Oh no I thought there must be a new carer not appreciating this is a home for the elderly) When I entered I witnessed the mobile residents dancing with the carers and those seated looking on with great interest. It turned out that one of the resident’s daughter is a well known Reggae musician and they were playing her music. This lovely gentleman 2 years later died peacefully at the home listening to the music!!

Did you know that you can buy a gadget that can be fitted to a exercise bike that charges your mobile phone? I saw these being used at Lille Europe train station.

3 minute maximum capacity exercise with rest intervals of 20 seconds done regularly
( you must watch the clip from the above programme
to appreciate what this entails )

Other variable ideas of alternative exercise
http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Fitness/Pages/Fitnesshome.aspx

Written by Dr Jacqueline Bayer

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