It’s no coincidence that May is National Health and Fitness month. After a long, cold winter, the weather has finally turned–making it the perfect time to get outside and get active! From healthfinder.gov:
• Children and adolescents – Physical activity can improve muscular fitness and bone and heart health.
• Adults – Physical activity can lower risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
• Older adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like learning and judgment skills)
If you think running’s a drag, don’t worry, there’s no need to uproot those Encyclopedia Britannicas from their basement digs on the old treadmill, there are lots of other ways to warm up those muscles and get your heart rate up!
Whether it’s a sport you haven’t played in years, or something you’ve always thought you’d be good at, find something that’s right for you to keep you motivated. Just remember to start at a comfortable level. Then add a little more activity each time you exercise.
Hit the beach, or the neighborhood pool, for some swimming. This is a great workout that is low impact on your joints (unlike jogging or running) but still provides a great cardio workout plus strength training. Another great water activity that will go easy on your knees is rowing. While it might look like a strictly upper body workout, it is actually great for your core, engaging more muscles than you might even realize!
Another great core workout is yoga. Don’t let all the ohms and ahhs fool you, things can actually get pretty intense, combining strength and breathing exercises. Still not convinced? Try these yoga push-ups and report back on your abs!
A great base for any physical activity is the right diet. Overall fitness is not only about how we train our bodies, but also what we put into them. Plus, you’ll want the most efficient fuel for peak performance. Learn about the proteins, minerals and healthy fats that will help sustain energy and enhance your performance!