|Support is important to workout routine
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for
more information or to make an appointment.
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 email@example.com to register.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
van—Looking for a convenient, easy way to have your mammogram? The
Hollings Cancer Center van will be available April 15 from 9 a.m.to 3
p.m. next to the Basic Science Building loading dock. Call 792-0878 for
Friday, Feb. 13, 2009