BodyTrust Fitness

Always trust your body.

We can't all be perfect specimens like this couple to the left.  But we can all develop our fitness to its highest potential.

If you are just emerging from winter hibernation. . .

or have a serious illness, or are overworked, you probably don't have much energy or motivation to exercise.  If your body is calling for more sleep and rest, then that is what you must give it.

If you have an injury that causes you pain. . .

do not "work through it."  Pain is the body's message that says, "Take care of this problem."

Exercise is instinctive.

It should feel good.  It should feel right, mentally and physically.  If walking feels good, walk.

Do not exercise to "burn calories."

It is the worst reason to exercise, and is a complete waste of time.

A healthy body wants and needs daily exercise.

This is our goal.

The Triad of Fitness

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Strength

Increases the thickness of muscles, bones, tendons, and the walls of the heart chambers.  Make it intense and brief, with at least three days of rest between muscle groups.  Do not neglect upper body, lower body, or core muscles.  Many sports and other activities increase strength.  If you are new to strength-training, hire a trainer.

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Endurance

Increases the volume of the heart chambers.  Interval training, brief and intense every second or third day, provides best results.  Walking is one of the best endurance exercises you can do.  Bicycling, swimming, jogging, stair-climbing, hiking, and dancing are a few of the many fun aerobic activities that will increase endurance.

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Flexibility

Stretching can be perfomed daily.  Yoga provides best results for both mind and body.  Take classes with a view to developing your own routine.  Other activities such as ballet, gymnastics, and tai chi will also increase flexibility.

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Fitness is fun

Zumba

Swimming

Golf

Weight training

Skating

Touch football

Tennis

Sledding

Bicyclng

Skiing

Fishing

Ballet

Baseball

Trapeze

Surfing

Partner dancing

Sailing

Soccer