Move your body! Remember that old saying “Move it or lose it”? That applies to your body as well! If you want to stay mobile, be mobile!
Exercise has so many great benefits – it improves your mood, reduces stress, strengthens your heart, helps control your weight, and more!
What is the best exercise for you? One that you ENJOY! Some people like the solitude of running or walking alone, while some like to join clubs to meet other people. Some enjoy the group atmosphere of an organized class like spinning, Zumba, or yoga. And some prefer sports or activities like softball, basketball, ice skating, or gardening. Whatever it is that motivates you to get active and stay active – THAT is the right activity for you!
How often should you exercise? There are so many varying opinions on this. Ideally you should aim for 30-60 minutes per day of some type of activity. Often life gets in the way of our ideal goals, so set your minimum expectation to 30 minutes every other day. If you can’t fit a full 30 minutes into your day in one chunk try breaking it up – 10 minutes 3 times per day or 15 minutes twice a day. Take a walk around the block during your lunch break and then do some strength exercises before dinner – crunches, push-ups, squats, lunges, bicep curls and shoulder presses with weights.
Get creative! Too cold outside? Do laps around inside your office building! Don’t have any hand weights? Use soup cans or water jugs!
Make it fun for the whole family! Turn on music and get everyone dancing! Go sledding! Play badminton in the yard!
Make exercise a part of your life and you will reap the rewards in you health and your happiness.
So, how are you planning to get active today?