Exercise is for Everyone!

Are you trying to manage a chronic condition? Exercise can play a crucial role in aiding your symptoms and improving your health. You may want to use aerobic exercise to strengthen your heart and support weight loss. Strength training helps improve body composition, slows disease related loss of strength, improves stability and can make it easier to perform activities of daily living. Mobility and stability training improves range of motion to joints and can decrease risk of falls.

Our training staff have come up with the following suggestions for best managing some common illnesses and diseases:

Heart disease
Regular exercise can improve circulation, manage high blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, and helps manage stress.

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Interval Training! On a treadmill, bike, or any of your favorite piece of cardio equipment find a pace that is challenging but sustainable. Alternate 90 seconds at that pace, with 30 seconds at a pace that is slightly more challenging. Continue alternating speeds throughout the course of your workout.

Diabetes
Regular exercise helps lower blood sugar levels. Aerobic and resistance training aid in weight loss, improve body composition and help boost energy.

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Squats! Squats are a great strength training exercise that works major muscle groups of the lower body and core. With feet shoulder with a part, sit your hip back and down as if you were going to sit into a chair. This exercise can be modified using a TRX or bench.

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Arthritis
Movement can reduce pain and joint stiffness and low impact resistance training helps strengthen the muscles that support your joints.

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Water Walking! Walking utilizes all your major muscle groups and the water adds resistance! This is a great way to get your joints moving, without a lot of impact. You’ll want to start where the water is about waist height, then walk across the pool focusing on maintaining upright posture and heel-toe strike with your foot, just like you would on land.

Back pain
Low impact aerobics and resistance training increase strength and endurance of back muscles and improves muscle function. Specifically, strengthening core muscles will alleviate symptoms by strengthening the muscles that support your spine.

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Glute bridges work all the muscles or your core so they are a great exercise to help reduce back pain. Lying on a mat on the floor with arms down by your sides, bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor. Keeping your spine in a neutral position, lift your hips off the floor so that there is a straight line between your knees, hips and shoulders.

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Contact our expert trainer, Alyssa Joel, to set up your free assessment today, at Alyssa.joel@ucdenver.edu.