Happy Healthy New You Year!

Resolutions are typically made at the beginning of the new calendar year. And, typically, they are broken shortly thereafter. The resolution to have a safe and healthy life by being active and by exercising should be practiced every day of every year. Activity and exercise contribute to improvements in

• overall health;
• stamina and energy levels;
• fitness;
• quality of sleep;
• posture and balance;
• mood and mental health;
• muscle and bone strength;
• conditions that affect the joints;
• self-esteem;
• weight loss and weight control;
• stress levels; and
• the ability to perform everyday activities of an independent life.

It’s really a no-brainer. You have the ability and the power to make lifestyle choices that can result in life-long benefits. When you make the choice to follow an exercise regimen or simply to be more active,

• choose activities and exercises that you enjoy;
• join forces with a partner;
• set short-term, reasonable, and reachable goals that have measureable benchmarks along the way;
• post your goals to keep them top-of-mind;
• compete only with yourself;
• compare your performance with no one else’s;
• add variety to your plan;
• practice patience;
• talk to an expert or do some research about what you want to achieve and why; and
• always remember the reason you made this resolution in the first place.

The benefits of being active and fit are many. A major benefit is a reduced risk of injury. Aerobic (“with oxygen”) exercises strengthen and tone muscles, reduce chances of osteoporosis by stimulating bone growth, increase endurance, and reduce the risk of falling. Aerobic exercises are performed over a long period of time with moderate intensity. Anaerobic (“without oxygen”) exercises strengthen bones, protect and strengthen joints, yield growth in muscle mass, and improve the ability to move with quick bursts of speed. Anaerobic exercises are performed over short periods of time with high intensity and/or speed. Agility training improves the ability to maintain balance and control while changing direction as well as the ability to increase and decrease speed. Stretching exercises improve flexibility, posture, coordination, and balance.

Congratulations on resolving to achieve positive health outcomes through activity and exercise! If you have questions about what you can do become a healthier new you, contact us at 904-241-1204.

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