Walks are a great way to start the day. My friend Mary and I meet up around 7:30 a.m. and head out for a good three-mile walk. We take our phones with us, too — but we use them as cameras and look for what we call “a little bit of pretty.” Today’s blog post image? That was taken on a recent walk with Mary. On that particular morning, our friend Jeanne joined us. By the time I’m back home, I’m ready to start my day. I’ve cleared my head of things that are weighing me down. I’ve laughed — oh, yes, there’s always laughter during the morning walks. We’ve begun praying, too, about particular concerns close to our hearts. And we always end our walks the same way: we look at each other and say: This is the day the LORD has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24) So I have to agree with Hippocrates: walking is some of the best medicine. It’s not found in a bottle. You don’t need a prescription — but the refills are limitless. Walking is good for your body, your mind, and your spirit. In Your Words: When have you found walking to be good medicine? How would you complete this sentence: _______________ is man’s best medicine. “Walking is man’s best medicine.” #lifequotes #Hippocrates
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said: “Walking is the best medicine.” My personal observation of the benefits of walking started early in life when I saw my grandfather, who lived to the age of 103, walking every day. Walking beachPatients with arthritis of the knees who walk three times weekly reduce pain and disability by 47%. Patients with pre-diabetes who walk and use other healthy options such as a low-glycemic diet reduce their risk of diabetes by 58%. Walking also reduces anxiety by 48%, and is a great treatment for helping patients with insomnia. Plus walking is absolutely free. The list of benefits from walking goes on and on. Walking can even improve the economy! Learn more below about the benefits of walking for your health. -Dr. Jake Felice
There are several factors that could led to sub-par results in the gym. For example, those following a training program that is a little too generic in nature could lose ground on their training progress simply because their workout isn’t optimal for their goal or body type. Other reasons include inadequate nutrition, poor form or simply incorrect exercise selection. But perhaps the most frustrating cause of poor results is over training, simply because the more you do the worse the cycle gets. Overtraining syndrome is a condition that occurs when the body is pushed (through exercise) beyond its natural ability to recover. Importantly, it’s not to be confused with mere tiredness, which is to be expected whenever you are engaged in a comprehensive workout regime. So how do you know when you have it? Mild overtraining syndrome is basically the same as having the flu: you feel rundown, and getting out of bed in the morning is tough. In extreme cases, when the body’s requests for recovery continue to be ignored, long term neurological, hormonal and muscular symptoms could occur. The balance between training hard and resting is always going to be a juggling act. It takes time to get to know your body and what its capable of. Once you learn to identify the signs of overtraining syndrome you’ll be able to strategically reign back your training in order to recover and come back harder another day.
Scientific Studies International Overview on Clinical & Scientific Studies on Nordic Pole Walking General Studies: 1. NPW engages more than 90% of Body Muscles 2. NPW versus walking without poles: Percentage of Body Muscles involved Calorie Burning Rate per hour 3. Nordic Walking — “Whole body sport”. Interview by Dr. Henrike Ottenjahn Bachfischer K. MMW Fortschr Med. 2005 Jul 21;147(29-30):19. Germany 4. Comparison of kinematic and kinetic parameters between the locomotion patterns in Nordic walking, walking and running Kleindienst FI, Michel KJ, Schwarz J, Krabbe B. Sportverletz Sportschaden. 2006 Mar;20(1):25-30. German. PMID: 16544213 5. Effects of Nordic Pole Walking on Functional Capacity in Patients with Moderate to Severe Heart Failure ML Keast, R Reid, M Slovinec-D’Angelo, L McDonnell Minto Prevention & Rehabilitation Centre, Ottawa, 2010