Want to lose weight this year? Move your body!
Want to feel younger? Move your body!
Want to decrease your risk of developing arthritis? Move your body!
While nutrition definitely plays a huge role in your overall health, exercise will truly be the deciding factor when it comes to managing your weight. Flexibility and range of motion can be improved through regular exercise and proper stretching. Full body cardiovascular exercise such as walking, jogging or swimming is most effective for maintaining weight and mobility. Resistance exercises are necessary to increase muscle mass and therefore metabolism; essential for weight loss and long term weight management.
No fancy equipment is needed, although it helps prevent boredom from routine if you have access. Go for a walk, dance around the house, take the stairs at work…find smalll ways to add more movement in your daily routine and you will start to look and feel better.
Next time you are running errands, why not park as far away from the building as possible to give yourself a nice walk. Group your errands together so you can park in one area and walk to several locations. Bust out the stroller; babies love a change of scenery.