For many, the start of the new year means a new commitment to getting in shape. But even if exercising is already part of your life, there may be changes or adjustments you can make to take your workouts to the next level.
While any physical activity is beneficial, a varied exercise routine can provide a full and healthy lifestyle and even help prevent or delay certain health conditions. If you already have an exercise routine, now is as good a time as ever to evaluate your routine and find ways to diversify your workouts.
For those who do not work out regularly—and for those who do, as well—consider all the ways you can exercise your body and mind, from stretches, cardio, and strength training, to working on balance, brain activity, and more! In addition to different types of workouts, adding more weight, longer times, and more resistance can also help make you stronger and healthier.
- Strength training can increase lean muscle mass and kick-start your metabolism.
- Balance exercises can help improve the ability to control and maintain body position as well as reduce the risk of falls and fall-related injuries.
- Stretching can make everyday activities such as getting dressed and reaching for items on a shelf much easier.
- Cardio exercise builds up endurance and can help prevent heart disease and other serious conditions.
- Brain exercises keep your mind sharp and can protect against Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
To find out which exercises are most appropriate for your goals and abilities, set up a fitness consultation or a personal training session. Or just check out a new class one day!