When it Comes to Exercise

When it comes to exercise, I think about how to “get” started. But often, starting is not the problem. The big question is, maintaining it. The official Health.gov guidelines say adults should do strength exercises at least two times a week, as well as 150 – 300 minutes of moderate activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, every week.

We now know about more health benefits from physical activity — and how Americans can more easily achieve them. The second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans with the latest scientific evidence shows that physical activity has many health benefits independent of other healthy behaviors, like proper nutrition.

The first fundamental guideline for adults is to move more and sit less. New evidence shows a strong relationship between increased sedentary behavior and increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and all-cause mortality. All physical activity, especially moderate-to-vigorous activity, can help offset these risks.

We all know we should be doing more, but how do we keep moving when our motivation slips, the weather takes a turn for the worse, or life gets in the way? Try these 18 guidelines to keep you going.

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Creating a Home Fitness Workout Plan

For many of us, at-home workouts are the ultimate fitness dream: Gyms have their advantages, sure, but the idea of being able to focus solely on your body and exercise routine from the comfort of your own home is the ideal workout scenario.

But where to begin? Finding the space and time for at-home workouts can be challenging. While home workouts are convenient, there is also the possibility to blow them off. As such, plan for a home workout as if it’s a spinning class, and you need to arrive in time to get your favorite [bike].

Then there’s the issue of finding the actual regimen that meets your personal fitness needs. There are so many options for working out at home now, with more technology and equipment available to more people. There is value to a great cardio workout, strength training, HIIT training, balance, yoga, and more. Think about what your goals are, and design your workouts accordingly.

To help you do just that, I’ve compiled this start-to-finish guide to at-home workouts; from the home-gym equipment you’ll need (or not need — body-weight exercises are perfect for home fitness) to every workout type and target you could ever imagine.

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At-Home Workouts for Seniors – Getting Started

Without a doubt, regular exercise is right for you at any age. But if you’re entering into the golden years, Home Workouts for Seniors is even more critical, especially if you want to keep doing all the things you enjoy.

When it comes to exercising at home, having a game plan can help you stay motivated and on track to meet your fitness goals. If you’re working with a fitness trainer, physical therapist, or other exercise specialists, they will likely have a routine for you to follow.

But if you’re on your own, designing an exercise program that includes cardiovascular exercise, muscle strengthening, and balance training should give you a well-rounded fitness routine. This includes activities such as dancing, tai chi, low-impact sports, walking, weight lifting, and more.

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