Exercise is a very important part of a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. Exercise not only aids in weight management, but it can also help with mood, energy levels, increase good cholesterol (HDL), and decrease stress. Recent research also shows that regular exercise helps improve cognitive function making it essential for healthy aging. Cardiovascular exercises such as walking, running, and swimming are only one component of a well-rounded routine. Resistance training and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) are extremely important for building and maintaining muscle mass and bone density and play a huge part in weight and blood sugar management. The following links contain more information about these training methods and how to incorporate them into your routine.
In today’s sedentary society, regular exercise is more important than ever. Make sure to schedule your exercise on a calendar just as you would a meeting or a doctor’s appointment. Here are some great ways to get short bouts of exercise in on a daily basis:
- Take the stairs
- Sit on a yoga ball at work
- 10 squats and 10 wall pushups at lunch
- Park farthest away from stores to get in more steps (they add up!)
- Set an alarm every hour and take a break from your computer. Do 10 jumping jacks or 10 squats and pushups or, walk a couple of flights of stairs
Make exercise fun, find friends to help hold you accountable and set realistic and obtainable goals. Don’t get stagnant in your workouts. Change modalities (use weights, resistance bands, Bosu balls, attend classes, etc), and exercise inside as well as outside. Our bodies were meant to exercise on a regular basis just as our ancestors did!