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Motivation to get moving is theme for physical fitness month

Strength, flexibility, balance, cardiovascular exercise equally important for overall health
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

“When people think of fitness, they think of running a mile or something more aerobic in nature,” said Dr. Scott Richmond, assistant professor of kinesiology at Missouri State University. May is physical fitness month, and Richmond said it’s important to mix cardiovascular exercise into a regimen with strength, flexibility and balance exercises, which will aid in everyday life and improve overall health.

Although there are guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, Richmond said it is most important to get up and move. Once you begin to incorporate little bouts of activity into your day, he noted, you will more easily attain that goal of 30 minutes, five days per week.

“Take a cue from a smoker, and instead of taking five-minute smoke breaks throughout the day, take five-minute walk breaks,” he said. “You should have a program, but it’s okay if you miss a day.”

Moderate paced exercise would be at a level where you could carry on a conversation, explained Richmond, or strength exercises that you could perform 10-20 times without fatigue.

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The College of Health and Human Services offers 16 undergraduate and 17 graduate and certificate programs. The academic units in the college include: biomedical sciences; communication sciences and disorders; kinesiology; nursing; physical therapy; physician assistant studies; psychology; public healthsocial work; and sports medicine and athletic training. Complementing the academic course work in nationally accredited programs are clinical experiences, laboratory and research experiences and internship opportunities. Students receive comprehensive training through interdisciplinary course work, coupled with professional mentoring in the work environment.

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