Hello, Manchester Journal readers. My name is Dr Rebecca Breslow and I will be writing a weekly column called Fit Chat on the new Stayin’ Alive page.
In Fit Chat, I’ll cover a wide range of health, wellness, and fitness topics. I’ll discuss sports and physical activities, bring you training and injury prevention tips, review health and fitness related equipment and products, highlight local places to go to stay healthy and fit, and bring you news about relevant local events. I intend to cover all things active in Northshire.
A little about me: I’m a sports medicine GP, and my family and I moved to Manchester from the Boston area last fall. I practiced in Boston for almost 20 years, where I treated various athletes, children and active adults. I’m a lifelong runner and specialized in treating runners. I was on the medical staff for many road races in the Boston area, including the Boston Marathon, supported the United States National Track and Field Team, and had a busy clinic full of runners and other athletes at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Since moving to Manchester, I no longer practice clinically, but have been involved in several sports medicine and healthcare writing consultancy projects. I also help coach the Burr and Burton Academy cross-country team (2022 Southern Vermont League Champions! Go Bulldogs!).
Mission: Combat the global problem of physical inactivity
I believe passionately in active living and my mission has long been to help others stay active. This is hugely important – now more than ever – as we are in the midst of a global physical inactivity crisis.
According to the World Health Organization, over the past two decades, more than a quarter of adults worldwide have failed to meet current physical activity guidelines. Worse still, 81% of teens ages 11-17 are more sedentary than they should be.
What are these guidelines? Recommendations endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – and several other national and international organizations concerned with the health and well-being of children and adults – call on adults to get at least 150 minutes of moderate cardiovascular activity per week. and muscle-strengthening exercises twice a week.
If you’re already a fit adult, you can do 75 minutes of vigorous cardio instead. Healthy children need even more exercise: at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day with activities to strengthen muscles and bones at least three times a week.
Northshire is a great place to keep fit
These recommendations may seem daunting, especially if you’ve just started an exercise programme, but we in Northshire are well placed to stay fit. Our exceptional environment and resources make staying in shape easily accessible.
For example, in Manchester, you can easily get 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day by brisk walking with a friend or cycling with your family on the Manchester Rail Trail. Or, you can head up Route 7A to nearby Emerald Lake in East Dorset to rent kayaks or canoes from Goodie Two Sue’s Vermont Guided Adventures.
For a more vigorous workout, head to the trails at the Equinox Preserve to hike or trail run, or Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park (“The Rec Park”) to run on the trail or do trail runs. lengths in the pool. Nordic skiing at the Wild Wings Ski Touring Center in Peru, or downhill skiing at Stratton, Bromley or Magic Mountain. Train at Body Lab or Manchester Gym. It’s all there for us – and we’ll discuss it every week.
Neighbours, I look forward to staying active in Northshire with you.
Dr. Rebecca Breslow is a sports physician, freelance health care writer, and Burr and Burton Academy assistant cross-country coach. Do you have questions or ideas for articles? Contact her at [email protected] or visit bryantviewhc.com.