One of the best choices for getting your daily exercise is walking. When Michelle Obama promoted a campaign to walk 10,000 steps daily (the equivalent of five miles), many people began to take notice that walking was easy and fun. As a nation, we also began to understand what doctors have been preaching for years – you need to get up and move, especially if you have a job where you spend the majority of your day sitting.
You can combat a sedentary lifestyle in several ways. Carry those loafers or pretty pumps in a tote bag and lace up your walking shoes before you leave the house. Park as far away as possible and take the stairs if you are able to do so. Once at the workplace, get up out of the chair to stretch several times a day or take a stroll down the hall. If you are not one to hit the gym at the end of the work day, why not erase those dinner calories by grabbing your partner, or your pooch, or both, and walking in the neighborhood?
Swimming is the most amazing workout ever. Not only can swimming burn more fat than just about every other exercise there is (short of climbing Everest) because it combines weight-training/muscle building with an effective cardio workout. It’s also an enjoyable workout that keeps you from sweating yourself silly. Plus, it’s oh-so-easy on the joints! And swimming does all this in a nice, pleasant low-intensity workout! You just can’t say that about any other workout. Think about it. When you go to the gym and get on one of those sweaty machines like a treadmill, you walk, walk, walk… and when you get off, not only have you spent all that time doing the same repetitive movements looking at the same walls, but you’ve also sweated yourself to a disgusting, smelly mess… and you’re in the same place you were when you started! But, when you swim, you’re gliding along in that beautiful, silky water and, instead of sweating, you actually come out feeling cooler than when you went in! Now that’s a great workout! Here are some of the health benefits and other reasons to choose a low-intensity swimming workout over any other type of workout. Continue reading
Exercise for older adults
Staying active is important for every age group, but particularly beneficial for older adults. Many experts suggest that it is one way to prevent many diseases including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. There are four main types of exercises that older adults should consider participating in: endurance, strengthening, stretching, and balance exercises. Each of these has particular benefits for the older adult. It is essential that before beginning any exercise program no matter how strenuous or easy you think it is that it be cleared with your NJ primary care physician.
These types of activities improve the heart and the circulatory system. They are commonly called “aerobic” exercises but this does not mean signing up for a marathon. It can be walking, swimming or riding a bike (stationary or otherwise). These can all help get the heart pumping and increase circulation which can be beneficial for many things such as lowering blood pressure. It is important to seek out a professional who can help design an aerobic exercise program that will be appropriate for your needs and present fitness level. Continue reading