May Is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

May Is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

Everyone knows they should stay active – there are so many physical and mental benefits of exercise!

EXERCISE CAN HELP:

  • Strengthen bones, lungs, the heart, and other muscles
  • Increase flexibility
  • Reduce blood sugar levels
  • Decrease the risk of developing diseases, including obesity, arthritis, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer
  • Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
  • Increase energy level and boost endurance
  • Improve cognitive functioning and memory
  • Reduce stress and enhance psychological mood
  • Improve sleep
  • Connect you with friends, especially on team sports

HOW MUCH EXERCISE DO YOU NEED?

Although each person has different requirements to maintain a healthy fitness level, 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week is generally recommended as the minimum amount. If you feel that you do not have that much time to dedicate to exercise at once, you may find it more convenient to do a 10-minute workout 3 times a day, or even a 5-minute workout 6 times a day.

WHAT EXERCISE SHOULD YOU DO?

You should consult with your physician when beginning an exercise plan, especially if you have been inactive for a long period of time or if you have any health concerns. In general, it is recommended that you combine stretching, aerobic, and strength-training exercises during the week. Therefore, if you go running or swimming one day, alternate with some weight lifting or body weight exercises the next time.

If you choose to do the shortened 10-minute or 5-minute sessions, try to select exercises (such as squats or kettlebell swings) that engage the most muscle groups so you use your time as efficiently as possible.

If you feel you need to ease into your exercise program, first incorporate these daily changes to increase your activity level:

  • Park far away in parking lots and briskly walk to your destination
  • Take the stairs instead of elevators and escalators
  • Walk or bike instead of driving
  • Do some jumping jacks, squats, sit-ups, push-ups, or even stretching while talking on the phone or watching television

WE CAN HELP YOU!

If you’re intimidated by the big gyms, come in to SDSM to take one of our Pilates classes – it’s a great way to cross-train or to get fit! It is a system of exercise that will improve your flexibility and strength with emphasis on balance and body awareness. We offer private instruction as well as small group classes – join with a friend to stay motivated together!

In addition, you can achieve your fitness goals with the help of our Sports Medicine physicians, Physical Therapists, and Exercise Physiologist. Call for an appointment to get started on your fitness journey today!

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