Physical Fitness

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Physical Fitness

Physical fitness is something we should all strive for. Fitness is important not only for medical reasons, but also for mental health reasons and for overall quality of life. Being physically fit not only brings the benefit of fewer health problems in the future, but the exercise done to maintain physical fitness is stress relieving and helps you sleep better at night. So while everyone knows that physical fitness is generally a good thing, there are some benefits why exercise is a good thing that people sometimes overlook.

Fitness experts and those who make physical activity part of their daily routine will say if you want to feel better, have more energy, and even add years to your life - just exercise.

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What is Get on the Right Track?

For most people the hardest part of exercising is just getting started. Hectic schedules and lack of time certainly contribute to the excuses. But for many people, lack of basic workout knowledge intimidates them and prevents them from even getting started.

It’s easy to understand why some feel overwhelmed about beginning a new fitness routine. Virtually every day the media is bombarding the public with the latest “diet research” often times contradicting what may have been reported just weeks earlier. And infomercials swear that 20 minutes of this or 15 minutes of that is all that is required to look like a Hollywood star.

With so much information (and misinformation), it can be hard to decipher what fitness regimen will really deliver results. But truthfully, it’s not difficult at all to determine what workout will provide health benefits.

MOCS in MOTION phyical activity  - do it for life.

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Jamila Bush and Jordan Benson to the top of Cardiac Hill - taking the stairs.

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Nicolas Rogers to the top of the library - taking the stairs.

 

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Tracy Pool to the top of the library - taking the stairs.

 

You can always end up a winner with MOCS in motion!  This initiative encourages UTC faculty, staff, and students to take the less traveled route to where ever they may be going.  It emphazies use of stairs, the scenic route, riding a bike, walking, swimming.  If we find you in motion, you get your Health Mocs T-shirt.

Exercise for a happier, healthier you.

Need more convincing to get moving?  Check out these additional six ways exercise can lead to a happier, healthier you.

  • Exerise controls weight
  • Exerise combats health conditions and diseases
  • Exercise improves mood
  • Exercise boosts energy
  • Exercise puts the spark back in your sex life
  • Exercise can be fun...and social

How Much is Enough Exercise? 

An easy way to get started is utilizing the F.I.T.T. principle. This acronym stands for Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type.

Frequency: As you might expect, this refers to how often you will exercise. After any form of exercise is performed your body completes a process of rebuilding and repairing. So, determining the frequency of exercise is important in order to find a balance that provides just enough stress for the body to adapt and also allows enough rest time for healing.

Intensity:  Defined as the amount of effort or work that must be invested in a specific exercise workout. This too requires a good balance to ensure that the intensity is hard enough to overload the body but not so difficult that it results in overtraining, injury or burnout.

Time: Again, this is rather self-explanatory. Time is simply how long each individual session should last. This will vary based on the intensity and type.

Type: What type of exercise will you be doing? Will an exercise session be primarily cardiovascular, resistance training or a combination of both? And, what specific exercises will you perform

Check out these routines without any additional equipment!  Click on each image to click and print.

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