Below is another article that I wrote that was featured in Dr. Kevin Shimizu DC's quarterly article. You can find the full article here: http://www.chiro-shimizu.com/ns/summer11_en.pdf
There is also a great article on the importance of flexibility so please visit the link above for more information.
Get out to get fit!
Come summer time, I usually tell my clients that the best way to lose weight is to set a goal to get out to do something active every day.
According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guideline, adults should accumulate approximately 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week. Although this may be a little low for those that are already active, it is a good starting point for those that are not.
You should also aim to do some weight bearing activities at least twice a week. This will help you keep your bones strong. You can actually do weight bearing activities while you are out jogging or walking. Simply find a bench to do some push ups and dips as these are easy weight bearing exercises you can do without any equipment.
Below, I am going to introduce to you a couple of local areas you can visit to help you get out and get fit!
Stanley Park Sea Wall:
This is a great place to bring your family for a casual walk or a ride on a bike as the loop is fairly flat. The loop around is approximately 10 km and it takes about an hour to bike around or 2-3 hours to walk or jog around.
Spanish Bank and the UBC area:
Enjoy the spectacular view of the North Shore Mountains while you walk, jog or bike! This beach stretches for about 2 km so it is a good place to go if you are looking for a light jog or a walk. If you are not satisfied with the difficulty or the distance, you can hit some of the trails in the UBC area. If you are up for it, you can do the Stanley Park, Spanish Bank combination. You probably would want to set aside half a day if you decide to do this.
This trail is called the ultimate stepper because you are literally going up a series of rocks and stairs the entire way up. This trail usually takes 1 hour to complete if you keep on walking up with little or no stops in between. The average time is about 1.5 hours.
Tip: If you want to improve your time, either go with someone faster than you or try to follow someone that is going faster than you.
Don’t forget to take $10 with you for the ride down the gondola as you probably won’t want to walk back down!
"Canadian Physical Activity Guideline." n. pag. Web. 27 Jun 2011. <http://www.csep.ca/CMFiles/Guidelines/CSEP-InfoSheets-adults-ENG.pdf>.