Tag Archives: Movement


Maybe for Big Kids Too?



Ease your back pain with yoga



Ease your back pain with yoga



Maybe for Big Kids Too?


Treadmill Vs. Downward Dog

Adapted from “The Doctor Will See you Now”, See original article here.


As popular as it has become, yoga still doesn’t get the respect it deserves. It is a serious exercise regimen and every bit as good for the heart as other forms of exercise, according to a recent analysis.

And because yoga is a lot less boring than riding a stationary bike, it may even be better than typical exercise when it comes to good heart health.

The authors of the analysis looked at 32 randomized controlled trials of how yoga affected risk factors for heart disease such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.First, the researchers reviewed trials comparing people who used yoga as a form of exercise to people who did not exercise. Yoga participants had lower body mass index (BMI), blood pressure (both systolic and diastolic) and cholesterol (both LDL and total) and had higher HDL (good) cholesterol.

They also had lower triglycerides and heart rate, and were more likely to lose weight during the trial. In fact, the only outcomes recorded where yoga did not lead to measurable improvements were fasting blood glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin.

In trials comparing yoga’s effects to the impact of other types of aerobic exercise, such as cycling or brisk walking, the results were even simpler: there was no significant difference between yoga and other exercise.

The researchers caution that many of the trials were of rather short duration and had small numbers of participants, so it’s possible that the results of larger or longer trials might be different.

Yoga may even have an edge over traditional forms of exercise. It tends to be more acceptable to patients with physical disabilities, including people with joint pain, heart problems and the elderly. It also requires no special equipment and can be performed.


The study is published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.



..either alone at home or as a part of a class.



METs for Sports and Leisure Activities

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Moderate versus Vigorous Activity, part 2

How do I know if I’m exercising moderately or vigorously?

Moderate intensity aerobic exercise is where you’re working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break into a sweat. You’re working at a moderate intensity if you’re able to talk but unable to sing the words to a song.

Vigorous intensity aerobic exercise is where you’re breathing hard and fast and your heart rate has increased significantly. If you’re working at this level, you won’t be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath.

We’ve talked about using the RPE scale to gauge difficulty, you can also use the Metabolic Equivalents Task scale (METS)

One metabolic equivalent (MET) is defined as the amount of oxygen consumed while sitting at rest.  Also known as your “Resting Metabolic Rate” (which is different from you Basal Metabolic Rate.).  We can use the 1 MET to express the relative energy cost of physical activities as a multiple of the resting metabolic rate.


From wellspan.org

Using the METs scale, moderate activity is defined as 3.5 – >6 METs; vigorous activity is <6 METs

Here are some other common activities from the Harvard School of Public Health:

Light <3.0 METs*
Moderate 3.0–6.0 METs*  Vigorous >6.0 METs*
Walking—slowly = 2.0 Walking—very brisk (4mph) = 5.0; Walking/Hiking (4.5mph)= 7.0

Jogging at 6 mph = 10.0

Sitting—using computer = 1.5 Cleaning—heavy  = 3.0–3.5

(washing windows, vacuuming, mopping)

Shoveling = 7.0–8.5
Standing—light work = 2.0-2.5

(cooking, washing dishes)

Mowing lawn = 5.5

(walk power mower)

Carrying heavy loads = 7.5
Fishing—sitting = 2.0

Playing most instruments = 2.0–2.5

Bicycling—light effort (10–12 mph) = 6.0

Badminton—recreational = 4.5

Tennis—doubles = 5.0

Bicycling fast (14–16 mph) = 10.0

Basketball game = 8.0

Soccer casual = 7.0

Tennis—singles = 8.0