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Jul 6, 2017

Healthy Living: Stay Fit, Stay Dry

If you’re preference for fitting in daily exercise is a nice outdoor jog or walk in the mornings or evenings; then surely the onset of the rainy season is not welcomed. Sure, you can always visit a gym to stay dry and in shape but not everyone enjoys working out in a gym. If that’s the case for you, then tonight’s Healthy Living has some tips on how to get in that cardio when it’s too wet to venture outdoors.

 

Marleni Cuellar, Reporting

The beginning of June marks the official start of the rainy season in Belize. And so starts the hot summer months that are sure to be punctuated by the occasional downpours. For people who enjoy outdoor exercise; it is for certain a hindrance that can lead to a loss of momentum in their routine. But according to Health & Fitness Coach of Belize Fit Body Clinic, Ed Williams, that doesn’t have to be the case.

 

Ed Williams

Ed Williams, Health & Fitness Coach
“We have a wide variety of exercises that can be done to suit the circumstances. It’s important to adapt this to a lifestyle in which case you will have to have a plan B.

 

Now, plan B can be dusting off the indoor treadmill, going to the gym, joining or doing cardio exercises right at home.

 

Ed Williams

“One of the aspects of the early of the early morning exercise is the fresh oxygen rich air. It’s important wherever you are going to be exercising to have a well ventilated area. Open up and let the winds pass through. Open the window on each end of the room so that the air can blow through.”

 

Marleni Cuellar

“What’s the alternative for a jogger or a runner in the morning that they can do indoors?”

 

Ed Williams

“The best for them would be skip cardio. Skip cardio or running stairwells or even walking stairwells. There are a variety of exercises that can be done in a stairwell. Run up and run up as fast as you can and then walk down and then you do it again. You can repeat this as many times. This is really, really, really, really hard. Your heart rate goes sky high by the time you get to the top and then the heart rate comes back down as you take your time to the bottom. Now with skip cardio. You’d be doing speed skipping and then slowing down. You want to speed skip for let’s say thirty seconds and then slow down for fifteen and then hit it again.”

 

And for those, who are accustomed to more low impact activities like walking. Ed offered a few suggestions as to what you can do at home as well.

 

Ed Williams

“For them the stairs apply bit walking up the stairs obviously. Great choices would be extensions where you are swinging your arms and you squat and then you swing up and you go all the way up on your toes. Anybody no matter how heavy they are can do this exercise. You want to do it briskly, the more briskly you do it the more intensity you get and the more of a sweat. You get that heart rate up. That’s what you want and then for a rest you can do a modified plank or a wall sit.”

 

Williams recommends these high intensity indoor activities for no less than 30 minutes. Most importantly he recommends that in between the heart pumping exercises you do what he calls active resting.

 

Ed Williams

“I recommend no rest or we call it an active rest. So slowing the pace of anything you’re doing or doing something like planks. You’re resting but you’re core is working and anyone that does planks know that even you’re motionless, you can break up a big sweat right there.”

 

Lastly, Williams reminds that getting in physical activity is only aspect and you should always prioritize healthy eating as well.

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