Have you ever started an exercise routine, but felt your enthusiasm fade as the days passed by? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. With the beginning of spring, many jump at the opportunity to reignite their fire for getting into shape, but they fail to prepare for the days ahead of them. Here are a few tips to keep you motivated and help you stay on track with your exercise routines:
Exercise is just as important in your older years as when you were younger. It’s well known that regular exercise can help to boost heart health, maintain a healthy body weight, keep joints flexible and healthy, and improve balance to minimize falls. And it’s not as time-consuming as you may think. For general health benefits, older adults need about 2.5 hours of aerobic (walking, running, and other activities that get the heart pumping faster) activity per week, combined with muscle-strengthening activities at least two days per week.
Extreme weather doesn’t have to put an end to your fitness routine, even if the treadmill or stair-stepper seems boring compared with jogging or riding your bike outside. What’s important is to ask yourself: How can I make exercise different to make it more motivating? If you’re seeking an answer, you may want to consider these five indoor fitness options, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) says. Some build on familiar activities, but others may be new to you. Always keep some variety in your exercise routines, to prevent boredom and drop out. If you haven’t been exercising regularly, be sure to check with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise routine.
Whether it’s for fitness, recreation or competition, thousands of people in Arkansas run. Running regularly is one of the best ways to stay in shape, and it’s easy to get started – especially if you run with a group or join one of the Arkansas running clubs in your area. The health benefits of running include a stronger cardiovascular system, weight loss, and reduced stress, among others.