Do you exercise? How often to you put those running shoes on? Or do you prefer a sport that is a little different?
My sport of choice is – SQUASH. So can you imagine my delight when I saw that a report from Forbes rated squash to be the healthiest sport.
According to the Forbes report the way in which they rated individual sports:
“Ratings are based upon consultations with fitness experts-coaches, personal trainers, competitors and exercise physiologists-as well as a dash of personal experience. The four basic physiological components of fitness are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being ‘excellent,’ 4 being ‘darn good,’ 3 being ‘good,’ 2 being ‘not bad’ and 1 being ‘nothing special. Injury risk is rated on a scale of 1 to 3, with 3 being ‘low,’ 2 being ‘so-so’ and 1 being ‘high.’ Calorie burn (in parentheses) is based upon the energy expenditure of a 190-pound person over 30 minutes and is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being 450+ calories, 4 being 400-450 calories, 3 being 350-400 calories, 2 being 300-350 calories and 1 being 250-300 calories. Calorie burn rates are from the American College of Sports Medicine; whenever possible, we selected the rate for ‘moderate’ or similar intensity. Scores were tallied to arrive at an individual rating for each sport. Of course, physiological benefits, injury risks and calorie burn can vary widely depending upon the technique, vigor, care and enthusiasm with which you pursue the sport. Read more here.. “
Did you know?
WHO developed the “Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health” with the overall aim of providing national and regional level policy makers with guidance on the dose-response relationship between the frequency, duration, intensity, type and total amount of physical activity needed for the prevention of NCDs.Regular and adequate levels of physical activity in adults:
- reduce the risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer, depression and the risk of falls;
- improve bone and functional health; and
- are a key determinant of energy expenditure, and thus fundamental to energy balance and weight control.
The World Health Organisation recommends the following:
- 150 min/ week (30 min x 5 or 45 min x 4) for general health
- 300 min/ week (60 min x 5) for to promote weight loss and reduce BP
Start slowly and build your way up… it is important that you ENJOY the exercise you choose to do..
Remember you may have sore muscles in the beginning but it is really so worth it… NO ONE EVER said exercise is bad… and walking does count as exercise..
EVERY little bit of movement counts… so GET MOVING…
Remember: Love Food. Eat Smart. Run Fast. Love Life.