Getting active has positive effects on our health and wellness, both physically and psychologically. Exercising regularly can help us cope better with stress. Being physically active is one of the most important things we can do to benefit our health. So be honest: Do you have an established exercise routine? Do you stick to your fitness goals?
There are four different types of exercise: strength or resistance training, flexibility, endurance/cardiovascular, and balance/coordination exercise. Resistance exercise improves your muscle and bone strength by increasing muscle tissue mass. Flexibility exercise improves the range of motion of our joints and muscles. Endurance exercise improves our blood circulation and balance exercise improves our body's ability to maintain equilibrium throughout the day. Our bodies need ALL four types of exercise. Studies show that just 30 minutes of physical activity every other day is all that is required to reap big benefits.
Regular exercise can improve longevity, reduce infections, prevent heart problems, ease asthma, control blood sugar, protect against cancer, and combat stress. So what are you waiting for!
Here are some suggestions to get your started.
- Exercise three time a week, 20-30 minutes per session;
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, and walk whenever possible;
- Get your posture evaluated and do exercises to balance your body;
- Try a Yoga or Pilates class (in person, online, or DVD);
- Instead of reading in a chair, read on an exercise bike;
- Take a flexibility test and address your tight spots;
- Walk for a half an hour instead of watching and extra half hour of TV;
- There are seven primal movements so create a routine that includes all of them:
- Bend; and
- Gait (Walking, Jumping, Running).
- Have fun with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT);
- Mix up your routines by combining strength circuits with cardiovascular exercises.
Part of our path to wellness includes tracking where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. Use this exercise tracking sheet and share with fellow Wellness Ambassadors, Youth Leaders, family, and friends.
Ask yourself... Is your child getting enough exercise?