Fall is here! As the weather begins to cool down, you may be inclined to bundle up and stay inside. However, it’s important to keep yourself active even throughout the fall and winter. Read on to learn about some in-home exercises that you can do to keep yourself physically active and why it’s important to your health.
Benefits of Exercise
Everyone needs to exercise, regardless of your age. However, as you age, it may be more difficult to get the adequate exercise your body needs. To help keep you moving, it’s important to understand the benefits behind the exercise you can do. Did you know that moderate physical activity can actually increase your metabolism? There are also studies being conducted to prove that exercise can decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Not only can exercise keep your body generally healthy, but it can also ward off potential diseases.
Before you start doing just any type of exercise, it’s important to understand what type of exercise is right for you. Here are four categories of exercises that you can do:
Endurance. This type of exercise increases your breathing and heart rate. Examples include heavy housework, sweeping, or if you’re looking for something more fun, you can give dancing a try!
Balance. Just as it sounds, balance exercises help improve your balance, and can be done almost anywhere at any time. Tai Chi is the most common type of balance exercise, but if that’s a little too advanced, you can always do heel-to-toe walks and balance walks.
Strength. If you’re looking to keep yourself strong, you’ll want to incorporate strength exercises into your routine. Keep these exercises simple at first, and if you’re using weights, make sure to start with lower weight and work your way up. Do things like wall push-ups, arm curls, chair stands, and leg straightening.
Flexibility. You may think stretching exercises are only good for warm-ups and cool-downs, but they can be very beneficial to your flexibility. Stretch your calves, upper back, and shoulders and even more!
Talk with Your Doctor
You may be excited and ready to start doing these in-home exercises on your own, but it’s always important to talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise routine. They can help you decide what is best for you based on your body type, any medical issues you may have and more.
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