Most have heard that endurance exercise is good for us, so we pedal away, go for a walk or run, or move our arms and legs back and forth repeatedly on an elliptical machine. But, have you ever wondered how hard to exercise? The answer all depends on your goal (or goals).Read more >
Give yourself a BIG pat on the back! The chances are excellent that if you’re reading this article, you belong to Welcyon. Whatever your chief reason for exercising, the research is louder and clearer than ever that you are doing the right thing for yourself. Let us explore why.Read more >
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend “adults engage in 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on 5 days per week.” But what does that mean? Read more for Coach Mark’s explanation of “moderate” and “engage,” to demystify how much aerobic exercise you should be getting, and how hard it should be.Read more >
Stronger muscles are the most obvious benefit of doing regular, good quality, strength exercise. However, you might be surprised that there’s a second wonderful benefit from you doing all of those repetitions on the Welcyon strength machines…Read more >
I’m not sure from whom you heard it first: your mother, your grandmother, your grade school teacher, or maybe all of them.“Sit up straight! Don’t slouch!”
Now, an occasional slouch is just fine. What they were hoping to prevent is the habit of slouching, which could lead to bad posture. And, it turns out they were right.Read more >
Being unable to finish a walk, do lawn work or gardening, and play with your grandchildren can diminish your quality of life. Feeling tired or having a lack of energy may be the result of inactivity—so try aerobic exercise!Read more >
That’s a headline you’ve never read. But, considering the seriousness of the problem, it’s one that should be printed on the front page of every newspaper. Without doing the right things (outlined in this blog), the average American who lives an average lifespan will have lost 70% of the muscle tissue in his/her arms and legs. That leads to physical weakness and a gradual, progressive decline in the ability to do the day-to-day activities required to live a full, independent life.Read more >
When it comes to answering the question, ‘How hard should I exercise?’ who would have imagined that a little girl in the cottage of three bears would be so prophetic? Goldilocks instructed us, ‘not too hard’, ‘not too easy’, ‘but just right’! Time and time again, exercise research has demonstrated the exact same thing; use just the right intensity to safely get really good exercise results.Read more >
How About, “Exercise, Be Happy!”?
In 1988, Bobby McFerrin released the popular and catchy tune, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” While it is good advice, one study shows that exercise helps too!
Researchers recruited 120 men and women with an average age of 71 years. Half of them performed a variety of walking, stretching, movement, and balance exercises regularly for 8 weeks. The other half did not perform formal exercise.
The results?Read more >
Five Ways to Keep Upper Arm Muscles Healthy & Strong
Whether you’re swinging a tennis racquet or lifting your grandchild, you need strong biceps and triceps. But as we age, these muscles can rapidly diminish, leaving us unable to do even the simplest chores. Fortunately, strength training can restore lost muscle and prevent age-related loss. Check out five ways to tone up—safely and fast!Read more >