Many times when we think about strength training (physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction, such as lifting weights), we think about body builders like Arnold Schwarzenegger or football players. However, what we should be thinking about is life! It is our muscles that keep us moving. Our heart that keeps us alive. Our joints that keep us flexible. Our bones that keep us standing. Our lungs that keep us breathing and laughing. These are all parts of our body that can be supported or improved with strength training. Moving better through space increases our quality of life. It allows us to do more with less effort. This benefits us both at work and at play.
We hear so much about body weight in regards to enjoyment of life. However, I believe it is more important how you move the body weight. I have seen people who are very thin, but they have a hard time carrying in the groceries, due to their lack strength. I have also known people who are carrying too much body fat, yet it has not compromised their quality of life. As a result of strength training, they have enough strength to move the extra weight.
I am not saying we shouldn’t work to attain or stay near our ideal weight. After all, good weight or bad weight it is still weight and is hard on the joints. What I am saying we should pay equal attention to strength training, because quality of life is the true aim of a health routine.
The outdoors is always ready to go!
Research shows that just five minutes of exercise in a green space, such as your local park, is enough to make you feel happier and less stressed. Are you not into walking or running? Try a bike ride, yoga in the park, rollerblading,swimming, or the new trend; geocaching. Head for the hills, find a swing or playground; even a bench can help with some strength training. If you live near a beach, the sand is sure to intensify your exercise.Exercising outdoors can help you burn more calories, save money, and think clearer.
May is National Bike Month
May is National Bike Month. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. Events include:
May 15th: Bike to work day. Go here to find out how to bike with others in Battle Creek: http://www.battlecreekmi.gov/Ask_Battle_Creek/Community_encouraged_to_participate_in_Bicycle_Month_activities_s_p1736.htm?PageMode=Print
May 20th: Ride of Silence. The The Ride of Silence is a worldwide event that to honor those that have been killed or injured while riding a bikes. The Battle Creek Rides will take place at 7pm starting at Willard Beach Park. The first will take a 10-mile loop through the Lakeview area and the second will be a 5K casual ride around the nearby Riverside Elementary. Stop in, call, or email Team Active for more information. As the weather gets nicer, there are more people on the road, so use caution and share the road. Bikers and drivers are urged to be aware of their surroundings. Bikers, be sure to wear a helmet.
May 28: is a slow ride to Bailey Park for a Battle Creek Bombers game. Riders will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Burnham Brook Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave., proceeding to Bailey Park and C.O. Brown Stadium. Secure bicycle parking will be available.
What Bike is Right?
Not all bikes are exactly alike. There are many different kinds of bikes that can vary depending on your biking needs.
Mountain bikes: sure-footed offroad bikes built to conquer any trail, from tame to treacherous
City bikes: Bikes that let you live the two-wheeled life. Haul, commute, get fit, represent, have fun!
Road bikes: Light, fast bikes designed to fly over pavement. For racing, recreating, or both.
Check out http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/ to find out what may be the perfect bike from you. Call or email Team Active (269) 962-7688 for any of your biking questions.
Meaningfulness of your time
You don’t have to balance Tuesday. There will be times in your life when you have more free time than work, and there will be times when you have more work than free time. You can’t always control the amount of work you need to do, but you can control the meaningfulness of your free time.