Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program: Fitness

December 02, 2016 10:08 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- ABC 6 News Good Morning anchors Brianna Cook and Rachel Wick recently took part in Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program. What they learned, they say, is life-changing. 

On day two of the program, Rachel and Brianna learned all about fitness. They got a look at the hard numbers; weight, body composition and flexibility ranges. They learned where they need to improve and how to do that. 


"There are a million ways to have body composition testing done. This is becoming the gold standard. Basically, it's X-Ray technology.  We get this topographical map of your whole body that tells us not only how much muscle and how much bone and how much fat you have, but we can even tell where it is." said Dr. Joel French. He's an exercise physiologist with the program. 

"Fitness, to me, especially when we think about wellness is a lot more than just going to the gym. Can you protect your body when you lift up your child? Can you get on the floor and play with your grandkids? Can you protect your back from getting hurt if something falls off the shelf or you step off the curb wrong," said Physical Therapist Danielle Johnson. 

In addition to the body composition testing and flexibility/balance assessments; Rachel and Brianna also got on the treadmill and learned about their VO2 Max number, and their target heart rates. 

"We can tell you when you go to that spin class, here's where your heart rate should be. When you're doing your sprints and when you're recovering, or you're just out for a run; here's where your heart rate should be. That way you're getting the most health benefit and burning the most calories in the least amount of time." said French. 

"Wherever you are on your journey, whatever your age, young, old, in shape, out of shape, we want to help you on your wellness journey. One step at a time is how you can go on your wellness journey and where you can begin," said Johnson. 

The VO2 Max number was a big take-away for Rachel and Brianna. That's basically the maximum amount of oxygen you utilize during exercise. It can tell us what kind of risk we are at for heart disease and where our fitness level is. They also learned ways to improve that number by adding intense, interval training to their workout routines. 

They also learned about balance, flexibility and their risk for falling. Rachel learned she might have a slight risk for falling, and Brianna learned she needs to work on flexibility; particularly in her hamstrings. 

You can check out the Healthy Living Program for yourself through their website, or in person by attending their Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 8th from 4:30 p.m. To 6:30 p.m. The Healthy Living Program is located at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in downtown Rochester. 

You can check out the other stories Brianna and Rachel did on the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program: 

Day 1: Nutrition

Day 3: Elements of Movement

Day 4: Stress Management and Wellness Coaching

Day 5: Rejuvenate and Restore


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