Let's get Moving in May!

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month!
From aerobic activity to muscle and bone strengthening, we want to help you do all of it!
Aerobic Activities:
We get that you're busy. Dedicating 30 minutes to an aerobic exercise can be a hard task. The secret to a successful fitness program is enjoyment! Choose physical activities that you enjoy doing. This could mean walking, playing tennis, biking, or joining a team sport.
  • Consider trying something different, such as yoga or kickboxing
  • Enter a race – it will motivate you
  • Plant a garden and share its beauty and bounty
  • Make long walks or hikes a monthly tradition
  • Set up a morning exercise group with your neighbors; exercise buddies can help keep you motivated
The goal of aerobic exercises is to get your blood pumping! How can you tell you did this? Do the talk test! If you're doing a moderate-intensity activity, you should be able to talk but not sing. If you’re doing vigorous-intensity activity, you will not be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath. 
Strength Training: 
Strength training has quite a few benefits. 
  • Better balance and, consequently, reduced risk of falls
  • Quicker responses, which may also play a role in preventing falls
  • Reduced risk of osteoporosis (weakening of the bones)
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved mental alertness
If you have never lifted weights or used a resistance band before we highly recommend you ask a professional for help getting started. We can work with you to develop a strengthening program and show you how to use your equipment properly without injury.
Some great tips to keep in mind as you start weight training:
  • Warm-up your muscles with aerobic activities for 5-10 minutes beforehand
  • Start with lighter weights and increase gradually. If you compromise your form, it will increase the likelihood of an injury
  • Rest between sets
  • Stretch your muscles after your workout. This can ease tension, increase flexibility, and reduce your risk of injury
  • Include rest days within your workout schedule. Your muscles need time to heal
Are you ready to get started Moving in May? We hope so! We're here to help you reach your movement potential. Please reach out with any questions!