“Why get involved in a 5K? Because exercise is Medicine, and a 5k is exercise!”
We all know exercise is good for us, but how much we need and what kind of exercise is best is not always clear.
Does it have to be vomit-inducing, sweating puddles, almost to the point of hyperventilation, to work?
Does Walking And Gardening Do the Trick?
Some exercise scientists have been researching to find the answers to those questions around dose-response relationships to exercise.
The good news is that any exercise is better than no exercise!
Even better news is that the amount and intensity of exercise (Physical Activity/ P.A.) is achievable.
The American College of Sports Medicine and Center for Disease Control have set guidelines recommending 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity.
That is a brisk walk for 30 min/ day, 5 days per week.
Do you know what else that sounds like? A perfect training program to build up to your first 5k!
Now that you know the proper dose of exercise you should be consuming, let us talk about what it will do for you… after all, we expect a “medicine” to work, right?!
As a Preventative Medicine, Exercise is Second to None
Exercise has been proven to help reverse or prevent disease in the following areas: Diabetes, hypertension, cancer (particularly breast and colon), depression, osteoporosis, dementia, weight control, and all-cause mortality. It has strong positive associations with managing several other diseases.
You can use exercise as a medicine after diagnosing a disease, injury, or mental disorder.
This All Sounds Good… What Is Next?
Run Albion 5K Series: Your Prescription for Health
This all leads us to our 5k series here in downtown Albion.
This is your opportunity to start your own “exercise prescription” and start seeing the positive effects it will have not only on your body but your mind.
Preventative medicine is the best medicine.
You can impact yourself and your community through this excellent 5k series, with all profits being donated to local charities.
It is a win-win.
So click the link below to register today!
Walking is one of the best ways to get your “dose” of exercise. It allows you to enjoy the surroundings, go at your own pace, and not beat up your body.
With just a few Gym training sessions and a good pair of shoes, almost anyone can work their way up to a 5k quickly. Just dedicate a few days per week to walking; start with 5 minutes, increase to 10 the next time, and so on until you can walk the full distance.
Make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, even before you begin your walk. Hydration, especially in these summer months, is essential. Sports drinks are tasty, but nothing beats water and lots of it!
If you need some help getting started, or you are having issues with your strength, click the link below to talk with a trainer at Smart Strength- located in downtown Albion.
Wishing you the best of luck in your fitness journey,