|All levels of training to be demonstrated
on how to begin a healthy workout will be available during Wellness
Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Children’s Hospital
by April Taylor
Harper Student Wellness Center
The beginning of a new year is the traditional time many of us resolve
to better our health and well-being. Reasons are both common and
Maybe your weight has gone up during the last year or two, and
increased body fat correlates with a higher risk of health problems
such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, and certain
types of cancer. Perhaps you have thought about beginning an exercise
program, but did not know where to begin. The basic guidelines from the
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for healthy adults age 65
and younger are to: perform moderately intense cardio 30 minutes a day,
five days-a-week or do vigorously intense cardio 20 minutes a day,
three days-a-week, and do eight to 10 strength-training exercises,
eight to 12 repetitions of each exercise twice a week.
The first real step in beginning a new health and wellness routine
should be a conversation with your physician or other medical
professional. After determining your ability to safely exercise, you
should evaluate your readiness for lifestyle change. Are you committed
to going to the gym or working out at home? Is there a support network
in place such as family, friends or peers to motivate you if you get
discouraged? Do you have a plan to reward yourself in a positive manner
for meeting goals along the way? If the answer is yes to all of these
questions, then what is the next step? How do you begin? Do you need a
gym membership? Should you complete a fitness assessment to determine
your body composition? Would working out with a personal trainer be
Visit the Health 1st Wellness Wednesday table Jan. 21 to
get answers to these questions. Sample beginner exercise routines using
body bars and resistance tubing will be demonstrated. Meanwhile, you
also will have an opportunity to try each exercise and receive feedback
on proper form. The routines demonstrated can be done at home, the
office, or replicated with the equipment available at the Wellness
Worksite Screening: Get this thorough, preventive health screening Feb.
12 at the Wellness Center. The cost is $15 if you are a subscriber of
one of the state health plans and $42 if you are not. Spouses and
dependents can participate as well. Call 792-9959 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Circuit Training Class: Learn how to create a 30 minute circuit using
your own body and simple equipment. Then recreate that same circuit at
home or while traveling. The next class will be in February. Call
792-9959 or e-mail email@example.com to register.
Wellness Teams Competition: Develop a healthier lifestyle by
joining or starting a Health 1st Wellness Team. The competition goes
from Jan. 1 to March 31. Teams can be started at any time during the
competition (no registration deadline). Free pedometers and log books
are provided to team members. Each member of the winning team receives
a Whole Foods bag filled with delicious, healthy groceries.
Visit http://www.musc.edu/medcenter/health1st and click on Team Competition for information or call 792-1245.
Mammogram van: Looking for a convenient way to have a mammogram? The
Hollings Cancer Center van will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Feb. 18 next to the Basic Science Building loading dock. Call 792-0878.
Friday, Jan. 16, 2009