By Zoya Malek
April 5, 2002
I have been working in the exercise and rehab field for the past eight years,
and have had many patients, and clients from all walks of life. As years passed by,
I realized few trends in the Persian community that have assisted me in training
them more effectively and help them maintain their goals more efficiently.
As a result, I have gained immense experience on how to motivate each client individually,
while allowing them reach their optimum level of health and performance in the most
Educating each client and community is essential. Thus I will be writing weekly articles
that will focus on your needs and will integrate a section geared toward answering
your questions regarding health and fitness for people of all ages and exercise level.
I will first start by answering the most common question I face while starting an
exercise program with Iranian clients:
Do I really need to exercise since I do a lot of housework, walking, or I am very
active in my office?
YES, no matter how much housework or office work one does, exercise at a certain
intensity and frequency level is quite different and has a much higher purpose. Exercise
for maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very much different than regular activity
of daily living.
As a matter of fact, due to the change in modern lifestyles many regular activities
of daily living do not use body's complete range of motion, and do not increase oxygen
consumption for a proper disposal of body's toxins and wastes.
Apart from that, according to the National Institutes of Health, approximately one-third
of all North American adults are overweight. And at any given time, between 20 -
40 percent of adults are trying to lose weight.
This does not mean that such individuals are sedentary. However, this may indicate
that everyday living activities cannot keep up with the high consumption of calorie
intakes, and the lack of proper activity.
I hope that this short introduction helps you think about the importance of exercise.
Keep in mind that we all need a bit more oxygen, and one of the healthiest and joyous
way of receiving that, is through a simple exercise regime.
LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE. TRAIN FOR IT!
Zoya Malek is a registered Kinesiologist and a certified health & fitness professional.
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