We all know that exercise is good for us, but it isn’t always easy to get motivated. Remember that no one is asking you to run a marathon. Just do a few things here and there, and you will feel the difference in your everyday life. There are, however, three main types of physical activity you need to consider, each as important as the other.
Endurance (or aerobic) activities are those that give you energy and allow you to remain active for longer periods of time. Ideally, you should be doing some kind of endurance activity between four and seven times a week. Walking, swimming, biking, dancing and skating are a few examples of endurance activities. Start with activities you feel comfortable doing, and gradually increase your intensity.
Flexibility activities are also important for maintaining good health. Doing them every day will help make moving and walking easier. Make them a part of your everyday routine by bending, stretching and reaching more. Gardening, stretching, golfing, and yoga are just some of the ways you can improve flexibility.
Strength building and balance activities are also highly beneficial. They strengthen muscle and bones, and help maintain bone density. They also help you improve your balance and posture, thereby making you less prone to injury. Whether by lifting weights, carrying groceries or walking up stairs, you are working on building your strength and balance. These types of activities should be done between two and four times a week.
Remember that it is never too late to start exercising. During your day, 30 to 60 minutes of varied physical activity is enough to keep you healthy. In addition to making you feel good about yourself, regular physical activity can help reduce the risk of diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke and depression. Talk to your pharmacist. He will be more than happy to answer all of your questions about physical activity and how it contributes to your overall health.