The Basics of Fitness
By Sara Butler
Everyone should aim to be active, but working activity into your life might be a daunting task. If you’re new to the fitness world, perhaps you’re intimidated by where you should start. Don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered. Here are the basics you need to know about fitness to help you start on your journey toward a strong, healthy body.
How Much Do You Need?
It’s recommended by the American Heart Association that you get at least 60 minutes of activity each and every day. That doesn’t necessarily mean you go to the gym and get your sweat on for an hour per day. What it does mean is that you do a few smaller things such as taking a walk, using the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking in a spot far away from the door of the grocery store to help you go farther.
Mix It Up
You need to try to incorporate a few different kinds of activities into your day or you may end up bored. Find a few things you like to do that help you move around and put them in a rotation in your fitness plan. It can be as simple as cleaning your home with your favorite song on the radio or going to the beach taking a walk.
Make Sure Most of Your Activity is Aerobic
Aerobic activity is anything that gets your blood pumping. You can swim, dance, run, or even play a fancy game on your Wii console. Whatever you need to do to get moving is up to you, but make sure that most of what you’re doing increases your heart rate for at least 20 minutes.
Put Some Effort in It
How hard you choose to exercise makes a difference in your overall health. Discuss how to tell if your workout is light, medium, or intense with your chiropractor at The Joint. They’ll have some advice on how you can measure your effort.
Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore – it can be fun too! Choose activities that you like to do because that will make it more likely that you keep doing them. Avoid boredom by adding variety to what you’re doing and shake up your routine from time to time in order to keep things fresh.
If it’s been a while since you were active, then start slow. Over time you can add more time to your workout and more activities, too. If you start off trying to do too much, you risk injury. You’ll eventually get where you need to be, so just be patient with yourself!
Fitness can become a part of your life, just know where to start!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lubbock, Tex.