Okay, so eating healthier foods is important – right?
But you know what else is important? Being physically active.
Did you know being active can make you feel stronger, help fight stress, and improve your health? Yup, it can. It’s also a great way to boost your energy level. In fact, if you’re feeling tired you may just be better off talking a walk than taking a nap.
So how do you start? Figure out what you enjoy. If you enjoy something, you’re more likely to stick with it – right? Pick something that fits easily into your life. What might be right for you, may not be right for someone else. Physical activity includes aerobic activities and strengthening activities.
What’s considered an aerobic activity? Something that makes you breathe faster. Something that makes your heart beat faster. This increases the blood flow back to your lungs and muscles. Your body will release endorphins which promotes an increased sense of well-being. Aerobic activity isn’t just doing “aerobic” classes – it’s walking fast, jogging, gardening, bicycling, dancing – get it? Anything that increases your heart rate is an aerobic activity.
What’s considered a strengthening activity? Something that makes your muscles do more work than normal. Muscle loss is a natural part of aging. Did you know after the age of 30 you begin to lose 3-5% of muscle mass per decade? Yup. If you continue to lose muscle mass it means increased weakness and less mobility as you age. But guess what? It’s not too late! You can rebuild and maintain muscle mass with strength training activities. You know what else? Strength training isn’t limited to lifting weights. It includes anything using resistance such as tubing, your own body weight or using household items such as milk jugs filled with water.
Remember – something is better than nothing. Start slow if your new to physical activity. Add more time and intensity as you get stronger and feel more comfortable. Try and be active most days of the week.
Small changes have a big impact over time. Hopefully your ready to put your best fork forward.
How are you putting your best fork forward?
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