Fitness is a hot topic lately—and it's not hard to see why. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, physical activity reduces the risk of many illnesses, improves sleep, and mitigates depression and anxiety. The list of benefits goes on and on—but to reap these benefits, you actually need to get up and start moving!
Cardio is the cornerstone of any fitness routine. It strengthens your heart and lungs, improves your mood, and helps you lose weight. According to the Surgeon General, adults should get 30 minutes of cardio at least five days a week.
Get bored easily? Try incorporating fun dance music on a brisk outdoor walk or binge-watch your favorite show while riding the stationary bike.
Strength training improves your balance, coordination, and reduces the risk of falls in older adults. Experts suggest getting at least 30 minutes of full-body strength training twice a week. Weight-bearing exercise increases your muscle mass and helps maintain bone density, which can also prevent osteoporosis.
Intimidated by the gym? Buy a few free weights and exercise at home using some of the thousands of free workout routines available online.
Flexibility is necessary for balance, good posture, and injury prevention. Increasing your mobility range makes specific workouts and everyday tasks easier. Stretching before working out increases blood flow to the muscles, reducing the risk of injury.
Not sure where to start? Try a five-minute "sun salutation" each morning. It will stretch your body and calm your mind. A perfect way to start your day!