March is Exercise Month!

A time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.

By Michelle Durante, HeartCORE Program Manager

Why is exercise important?
Exercise is one of the most important factors in keeping your body healthy both mentally and physically. Without exercise,  muscles become weak,  heart and lungs will not work as effectively, joints  become stiff, achy and easily injured, and functional movements become increasingly difficult.

Exercise helps prevent diseases such heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and many others. It improves stamina by training the body to use less energy for the same amount of work,  decreases your heart rate and blood pressure (both good things) and you are able to return your breathing rate back to resting levels quicker.

Along with the many benefits exercise  improves sleep, strengthens and tones your muscles, and  increases muscle strength and overall quality of life. Stretching  is important for good posture and keeping the body relaxed.  Developing flexibility through exercise reduces the chance of injury, enhances balance and coordination, and loosens tight muscles throughout the body. It  lifts your mood, decreasing depressive states and reducing stress, boosts energy (so that you can go through your day feeling less tired) and it helps with weight management.

What are the benefits of exercise for chronic and special populations?
Living with a chronic disease causes aches, pains and flare ups appear out of thin air. Most of the time when faced with these symptoms exercise is the last thing you want to do. However, exercise is proven to benefit individuals with varying diseases including those with cancer, arthritis, MS, low back pain, joint pain, heart disease, asthma and more. Of course physician clearance is important. However, 9/10 times the benefits of exercise on your body strongly outweigh the negative effects of exercise.  It can help manage symptoms and pain by releasing endorphins into the brain,  improves muscle strength and range of motion to improve functional movements and ultimately the quality of life.

Why is one-on-one coaching important?
Why choose one-on-one training rather than group training? Group training is fantastic for those who require a social environment  and motivation from numerous people. It’s  ideal for those who demand structure, group support and accountability.

However, for those who  prefer working independently  with someone who  designs an individualized plan, specific to  each client, then one-on-one training is for you.
The  down fall with group training is that everybody is doing the same exercises. If a participant is unable to complete an exercise, then he/she would be responsible for modifying it themselves.

With personal one-on-one training, the trainer is responsible for creating and modifying exercises specific to your condition, needs, and level of  workout preferred.
Unlike group fitness classes,  you’ll work with someone who understands your goals and will help you to achieve them.

At HeartCORE, we’re committed to working one-on-one with our clients to guide them towards reaching their own unique health and wellness goals. HeartCORE is located at Heart Niagara. The address is 4635B Queen Street in Niagara Falls.  For more information call 905-358-5552 ext.109, email or visit

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