HEALTHWISE – Barbadian Chiropractor Dr Dawn Maddalone: “Win the race, ruin your health”
Olympic athletes have high cancer and injury rates, the extreme intensity of their training may be one of the contributing factors. Not all exercise is focused on health promotion, so if being healthy is your goal moderation is the game plan. The weight loss industry is a multi-billion dollar business which churns out an abundance of crazy exercise advice, but many international health organizations such as the Cancer, Heart, Diabetes and Chiropractic societies currently recommend one hour of moderate cardiovascular exercise, on most days, as a healthy exercise plan.
For example: a one hour walk with some stretching to start off with and when fitness levels rise, some jogging could replace some of the walking while maintaining the hour in total exercise.
Intensity could be the key, high intensity, high health risks. When I was a competitive scholarship funded athlete, all I cared about was winning the big event and if I got hurt or ill in the process so be it. These days I want to do sports moderately, be healthy and have fun, without getting Swine Flu, so when that little voice in my head starts screaming ?faster, faster? I tell it to shut up!
Dr Dawn Maddalone DC is a registered chiropractor practicing and exercising in Rockley Barbados for the past 20 years.