Staying Active

How much exercise do you really need?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention we all need at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise, some strength training and stretching each week, a commitment of 30 minutes per day for five days each week. In addition to regular purposeful exercise, healthcare professionals recommend that you stay as active as you can. Research has shown that even regular exercisers (30 minutes a day or more) can experience negative health effects  if they are sedentary the rest of the time.

This web-page will be dedicated to sharing information on exercise and activity opportunities your alumni peers have discovered.

HOW FIT ARE YOU, REALLY?

Physical fitness is very important to a long life and good health. Fitness keeps you independent in your retirement years and helps to ward off age onset diseases of the mind and body. Your body’s capacity to transport and use oxygen during exercise (VO2 max) is the most precise measure of overall cardiovascular fitness. Based on the extensive research of The K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, you can easily estimate your fitness level by answering a few questions. The assessment tool compares you to norms for your age group. Obviously the goal is to perform better than the average for your age group.

You can take the test by clicking on the link below.

Fitness Survey and Comparison to Norms

How about a good hike or a bike ride?

Here are resources on hiking and biking trails in the area.

This link takes you to a website that is all about cycling activities and events in the city and surrounds.

Grab Life by the Handle Bars

A number of maps have been developed to help you navigate your way on foot and bike around the city and county of Peterborough.

Trail and cycling maps for the city and county

There are three walking and hiking groups profiled at this website.

Hiking Clubs around Peterborough

Feel like working out?

There are over twenty fitness centers or gyms in the city of Peterborough. They range from multi purpose facilities like the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Center to highly specialized studios such as Cross Fit Peterborough. The link below takes you to a web page those shows the location of each facility and links to individual websites. Fitness Clubs are not for everyone but for some they are ideal strategies to whip yourself in to shape. As always consult your medical team if you have any doubts about starting a new fitness program.

Fitness Facilities in Peterborough

Exercise & Physical Activity

The link below will take you to a comprehensive document that provides a well illustrated and simple to follow guide on exercise types. Think of this as a “how to” on endurance and strength training, balance and flexibility. There is a section on healthy eating and ways of staying on track.

Exercise and Physical Activity