From Sharp Health News, a publication of Sharp HealthCare
It’s easy to fall into a workout rut. Busy schedules and the demands of life make it difficult to maintain your fitness habits. However, it can be a mistake to stop being active. As you age, the body goes through a series of changes, including slower metabolism, muscle loss, weight gain and reduced bone strength.
If you do nothing to counteract the decline in fitness over the years, you can be at a greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke and even some types of cancer. The good news is that most of these changes are preventable and can be significantly improved by incorporating strength, flexibility and aerobic training into your routine.
Fitness experts recommend strength training two or more days a week, with exercises that work all major muscle groups. Strength training can:
- Replace lost muscle
- Raise metabolism
- Provide relief from joint pain
- Help maintain a healthy weight
Regular flexibility exercises, such as yoga, Pilates, foam rolling or simple stretches throughout your day can:
- Prevent injuries
- Improve your balance
- Keep your body limber
- Help you do everyday tasks, such as bending and reaching, with ease
Regular aerobic activity, such as walking, bicycling or swimming, can help you live longer and healthier. Thirty minutes of aerobic activity, five times a week, helps:
- Strengthen your heart and lungs
- Lower cholesterol
- Reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes
- Improve immune function
- Lower blood pressure
And don’t forget about nutrition. Supplement your exercise routine with a balanced diet to maintain your fitness and well-being.
The VEBA Resource Center offers Mat Pilates. Mat Pilates is a training program of repetitive exercises performed on a mat to promote strength, stability and flexibility. It includes core exercises, such as planks, to build your muscles and core strength. This class allows for modifications, so all levels are welcome! Check out our calendar to sign up for an upcoming class.