Doing sports without thinking about it with integrative gymnastics

In its latest Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin*, Santé publique France warns about the lack of physical activity among French women.Based on data collected between 2014 and 2016, the results show that only 53% of women reach the WHO physical activity recommendations, i.e. at least 2h30 per week of moderate intensity activity or 1h15 of intense activity.

Where the problem is twofold: in 2006-2007, 63% of women were active, compared to 63% in 2006-2007. In 10 years, the percentage of active women has dropped by 10%, a significant and worrisome drop when we consider that a sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

Easy to say, but not always easy to do when the schedule is well filled with family life, long working days and all the hazards of daily life (cuckoo clock mental load).

For those who don’t have the time (or the desire) to go to the gym regularly, a clever method allows you to tone your body without even thinking about it: integrative gymnastics, but only if you have a little time, doing real gymnastics will be much more effective, now that the gym equipment is within everyone’s reach, like helliptical bikes, you can practice at home as well, do not worry about new equipment, but opt instead for second-hand equipment, it will save you money, and buying second-hand also helps preserve the environment.

Integrative gymnastics, what’s that?

At the time of the slightest effort, when you go from the elevator to the office and then from the car to the couch, the integrative gym allows you to move easily and quickly without having to put on a sports outfit.

“The idea is to transform ordinary everyday moments into mini sports sessions,” explains David Laufer, sports coach and consultant for WW.Take your dog out, vacuum, brush your teeth… We optimize every gesture of daily life to be as active as possible.

Thus, the integrative gym is based on simple exercises of short duration, between 3 and 10 minutes, which can be done anywhere (at home, at the office, in transportation, etc.) and throughout the day.

Accessible to everyone, even beginners who haven’t done any sport for a long time, it’s the best way to (re)start your legs, slowly but surely.

Does it really work?

Far from being useless, these small cumulative training sessions allow you to reach the WHO recommendations for physical activity in peace and quiet.

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