With the start of a New Year and even a new decade we can reflect on the past year and be mindful about what we should do with the year ahead.
Be healthier and exercise more
We often set ourselves targets to be healthier and exercise more but often it can be a bit of a tricky knowing what type of exercise you should do whilst steering clear of recurrent injuries.
How much exercise should I do?
Physical activity guidelines recommended by the NHS suggest the following https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/:-
- All adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week
- Adults aged 19-64 years old should do resistance or strengthening exercises at least 2 times a week
- Adults aged 65 years and older should do activities that include strength, balance and flexibility at least 2 times a week
What exercise should I do?
Moderate exercise included activities such as cycling, brisk walking, dancing, doubles tennis; where as vigorous exercise constitutes jogging, fast cycling or cycling up hills, singles tennis and hiking up hill. Since the weather in January can not be amenable to some outdoor activities it can be difficult to adhere to resolutions sometimes but here is a link to some workout videos ranging from 10-45 minutes from the comfort within your own home. For further information please click on the link:- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/
Yoga or Pilates?
We are often asked whether we should do Yoga or Pilates which is indeed a very good question. Both Yoga and Pilates work through a series of postures and both work on balance, flexibility and core strength with a focus on breathing. Often it can be a case of trying different classes and work out what is best for you and often people do both since they find differing benefits from both kinds of exercise.
Pilates has been credited by many people including celebrities that claim that it transforms their bodies, improves their core strength, balance and flexibility.
Here at Altrincham Physiotherapy Clinic we teach only pilates that has been modified by the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. The postures and positions which are used help strengthen the core muscles and promote flexibility. These exercises can also be tailored for people with many different musculoskeletal injuries and those needing appropriate rehabilitation. To get more of an idea of some exercises that can be covered here in our pilates classes, please click on the following links:-
We also have Pilates dvds for different levels specially formulated by the APPI available to buy. All of our Pilates Instructors are APPI qualified AND are physiotherapists and so can provide tailored expert advice, just ask in your class.
For more information about Pilates classes, assessments or 1:1 sessions, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic for more information. Here is a link to our Pilates class timetable:-http://altrinchamphysio.co.uk/pilates-timetable/