Hey! Welcome to part II of “Get Your Butt in Gear” (physically) with me, Shal, for Saturdays with Shal. Last Saturday I talked about ways that you can get involved with U of T for intramurals or our facilities for working out (did I mention Hart House has a gym too). But I probably should’ve started with the basics: how much exercise someone our age needs to get everyday as stated by the Heart and Stroke Foundation (Link below). According to the experts, we need 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week (wow thats a tongue twister). And no I’m not talking about aggressively flipping through Netflix. Try something that includes a little bit of everything from the triple threat category:
-Endurance activities: Are continuous activities such as walking, cycling and tennis. I’m assuming you do a lot of walking whether you commute or not, studio is literally in the corner of campus. Endurance is especially beneficial for your heart, lungs and circulatory system.
-Strength activities: Such as carrying groceries (or textbooks!), and weight training. These strengthen muscles and bones and improve posture (I probably win the award for worst posture).
-Flexibility activities: such as stretches, yoga, housework or golfing (I’m gonna assume nobody does that last one…. or the third one). These keep your muscles relaxed and your joints mobile.
So now you can integrate this sciency stuff along with last weeks tips on where to go. In no time we will have a buff squad that will kill it at the bed races next year at orientation week! Thats all for now, keep it classy, Daniels.