I subscribe to the Harvard Medical School, Special Health Report emails. When this one below came across, I knew I would like to comment on it. It is one my long time messages, and It comes with just as strong a voice as mine, yet stronger as it comes from Harvard.
From HARVARD (my highlights are seen below):
See how — at any age — you can build fitness, boost wellness, and enjoy enduring energy and vitality
The exercises can add years to your life — and you can do them in just minutes a day!
Regular exercise lessens the likelihood of heart disease, lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of many cancers, builds bones, lifts your spirits, keeps your brain sharp, and can add years to your life.
So what stops us from exercising? Some people still equate exercise with the sweat and tedium of gym class. Others think they don’t have time, or it’s too expensive, or they just don’t know how to get started.
Workout Workbook will show you that exercise has come a long way. It doesn’t need to take hours. It doesn’t require big-bucks equipment. And, most of all, it can be enjoyable because, with each passing week, you’ll feel stronger, look younger and fitter, and have more energy.
The nine workouts in this report are designed to work all parts of your body — from your core to your extremities. They will help you build muscle and prevent bone loss, tone your physique, limber up your joints, increase flexibility, improve stability, encourage weight loss, and boost cardiovascular fitness. And each workout can be completed in 40 minutes or less.
Further, each exercise can be tailored to your fitness level. Is an exercise too hard? Try an easier option. Too easy? Step up the challenge. Want even more? We’ll introduce you to Supersets, paired exercises that flow from one to the next without rest for a strong, time-efficient workout.
Workout Workbook will keep you on track with ideas for setting goals and for staying motivated. The report gives you tips and techniques, specifies the number of reps and sets, and suggests tempos and intensities for each exercise. And each exercise — 82 in all — is illustrated with instructive photographs to help you maintain the proper form for greatest gains.
The report will brief you on the new trends in aerobic and strength training — everything from boot camps and kranking to yogilates and Zumba. Plus, Workout Workbook will help you answer the home versus gym question (and what to look for in a gym.) You’ll get tips for avoiding injuries, measuring your gains, rewarding your progress, and more.
So, get moving. Order your copy of this important Special Health Report today.
To your good health,
Gregory Curfman, M.D.
Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Publications
First off, great that they go right at the heart of the leading causes of death in our country. Heart disease, cancer… the two biggies. This is good, it takes commitment to throw the cancer word in here, and I love it. You cannot have the best chance at a cancer free life without exercise. Its good to see it in print from Harvard.
Next – I love the word tedium. The assumption that exercise equates to tedium. I love this because I believe it to be true for most people. The report offers up a series of exercises designed to not be tedious, nor wasteful. Yet, I think the report is unnecessary, just search the Daily Sprouts on this page for “workout of the week” for workouts that will do just what you need.
Lastly – completed in 40 minutes or less. I love that they are pushing the shorter time domain, though I imagine most of the workouts are longer than needed. But, they are seeing the research, the knowledge, that those from the past thousand years who were naturally fit, were fit because of sustained activity, with periods of high intensity. That is what we are all about in our efforts.
It is good to see the movement is in the right direction. Jump on it now. We can help!
Be well, be blessed… and be fit. – Dr. Eric