Running is the Best Medicine.

“Why get involved in a 5K? Because exercise is Medicine, and a 5k is exercise!”

First off, we all know exercise is good for us.  But how much we need and what kind of exercise is best is not always clear.

Does it have to be vomit-inducing and sweating puddles, almost to the point of hyperventilation to work?

Or can walking and gardening do the trick?

Exercise scientists are looking to find the answers to those questions around dose-response relationships to exercise.

The good news is any exercise is better than no exercise!

Even better news, the amount and intensity of exercise (otherwise known as Physical Activity/ P.A.) is very achievable.

The American College of Sports Medicine and the Center for Disease Control have set guidelines recommending 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity.

That is a brisk walk for 30 min/ day, 5 days per week. Do you know what else that sounds like? A perfect training program to build up to your first 5k!

Ok. Now that you know the proper dose of exercise you should be consuming let us talk about what it will do for you. After all, we expect a “medicine” to work, right?!

As preventative medicine, exercise is second to none.

Exercise is proven to help reverse or prevent disease in the following areas: Diabetes, hypertension, cancer (particularly breast and colon), depression, osteoporosis, dementia, and weight control. And all these diseases cause mortality. Exercise also has strong positive associations with managing several other diseases.

Exercise is Medicine and physicians need to prescribe it!

Exercise can work as a medicine after the diagnosis of a disease, injury, or mental disorder.

Which leads us to a new prescription: Our 5k series here in downtown Albion.

This is your opportunity to start your own “exercise prescription” and start seeing the positive effects it will have on your body and mind.

You can impact not only yourself but your community through this awesome 5k series, with all profits being donated to local charities.

It really is a win-win.

So click the link below to register today!

Run Albion

Coaches corner:

Walking is one of the best ways to get your “dose” of exercise. It offers you the ability to enjoy the surroundings, go at your own pace, and not beat up your body.

With just a few training sessions and a good pair of shoes, almost anyone can quickly work their way up to a 5k. Just dedicate a few days per week to walking, start with 5 minutes, increase to 10 the next time, and so on until you can walk the full distance.

Make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, even before you begin your walk.

Hydration, especially in these summer months, is essential. Sports drinks are tasty, but nothing beats water and lots of it!

If you need some help getting started or having issues with your strength, click the link below to talk with a trainer at Smart Strength- located in downtown Albion.

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Wishing you the best of luck in your fitness journey,

Your trainer,

Alex Harris
Founder of Smart Strength

About the Author

Alex earned his master’s degree from Michigan State University in Exercise Physiology. After completing his formal education, it was time to learn the practical sides of the fitness industry. He has made stops at: Spartan Performance, Coval Fitness & Sports Performance, Golf & Body NYC. In addition, he has coached High School basketball, golf and taught Anatomy & Physiology at Montcalm CC. Alex carries certifications through the NSCA (certified strength & conditioning coach) TPI (Level 1 fitness) and American Red Cross.  To learn more about Alex and Smart Strength visit


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