If you’ve decided 2023 is going to be the year you start a new exercise regiment, yoga class, cycling class, running club or any other heart and health plan, good for you! Just take it slowly, according to Mayo Clinic.
“Start slowly and build up intensity gradually. Even short spurts of exercise, such as five or 10 minutes of walking spaced throughout the day, can offer benefits. Moving more and sitting less during the day can be helpful,” according to Mayo Clinic.
Starting any exercise plan counts!
Physical activity can reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance and coordination, and even lift your mood.
Choosing how you exercise can be liberating. If you enjoy stretching, try small standing and sitting routines. Choose an exercise you can see yourself doing six months from now and still being motivated to do it.
Consider fitness goals, create a balanced routine so you don’t get a physical injury trying something new and strenuous.
Make your own rules! Change up the exercises you do daily. Try stretching one day, walking another, and swimming the next. You don’t have to do the same exercises every day and getting outside can stimulate the brain and lift your mood too.
When the sunshine hits your retina it sends a message to your brain to wake up and feel good by releasing serotonin while exercising and breathing heavier; it gets your circulation going.
No matter which exercise you chose, remember “Slow and Steady Wins the Race!” Be diligent. Put yourself first and make your exercise time your own and don’t give it up.
Stretch before doing any exercise and keep the water going for a fab new YOU in 2023!