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Support is important to workout routine

Answers on  how to begin a healthy workout will be available during Wellness Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Children’s Hospital lobby. April Taylor from the MUSC Wellness Center will be on hand to answer questions and instruct you on a beginner exercise routine using body bars and resistance tubing. There also will be 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 at the Wellness Center.

by April Taylor

MUSC Wellness Center
Increased body fat correlates with a higher risk of health problems such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
The basic guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for healthy adults under age 65 advises that we 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, including 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 exercise safely, evaluate whether you are ready for a lifestyle change. Are you committed to going to the gym or working out at home? Is there a support network in place, including supportive 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, what is the next step? 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 beneficial?

Answers to these questions, and more, can be obtained at the Health 1st Wellness Wednesday table in the Children’s Hospital lobby from 10  a.m.  to  1 p.m. on Feb. 18. 

Upcoming events promoted by Health 1st
  • Worksite Screening—Get this thorough, preventive health screening on March 12 on the main campus for $15 if you are a subscriber of one of the state health plans; and $42 if you’re not. Spouses and dependents can participate as well. Call 792-9959 or e-mail for more information or to make an appointment.
  • 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 March and will be led by April Taylor of the Harper Student Wellness Center. Call 792-9959 or e-mail to register.
  • Work It Off—Lose weight the healthy way and do it over your lunch break. This is a 10-week weight loss program led by the Weight Management Center. It’s for employees only, costs $98, and starts Feb. 25. Call 792-9959 to register/for more information or e-mail
  • Farmer’s Market—Get fresh fruits and vegetables at the MUSC Farmers Market. The market is held from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Friday in the Horseshoe.
  • Mammogram van—Looking for a convenient, easy way to have your mammogram? The Hollings Cancer Center van will be available April 15 from 9 3 p.m. next to the Basic Science Building loading dock. Call 792-0878 for an appointment.

Friday, Feb. 13, 2009

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