|Dr. Vonda Wright |
(image from http://www.vondawright.com)
Specializing in fitness over 40, Dr. Wright herself is fit, vibrant, and radiant--and she's 45 (or will be soon, I think she said). Some of the highlights from her inspiring talk are:
- We can die from not being physically active! Sedentary death syndrome accounts for some 33 diseases that can kill people, like heart disease and diabetes. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can decrease the risk of many of these diseases.
- When polled, 70% of people said that physical activity is important; only 30% of people exercise regularly, though.
- 70% of what determines how we age is due to our lifestyle. Only 30% is genetic.
- Research shows that a 60-year-old man is equally as strong as an 85-year-old man who does resistance training.
- A good indicator of how healthy your weight is (better than BMI) is your waist-to-hip ratio. Divide your hip measurement (around the biggest part of your butt) by your waist measurement (right below the belly button). You should be under .8. If you're over 1, you're "a disaster!"
- One 30-minute exercise session can provide feel-good feelings for up to 12 hours.
- Strive for an intense physical exercise (high-impact exercise like running and plyometrics that "bash your bones") every other day.
Her message was clear. It's our choice: we can choose to be frail, weak, and unhealthy as we grow older, or we be can be strong, fit, and healthy and live our golden years to the fullest. I choose fitness. I choose vitality!