Getting Your Workout On - Slowly
Spring is finally upon us and after a long, cold winter, many people are anxious to get outside to exercise. If you have been playing couch potato through the winter months, you want to make sure you take it slow at first.
"You’ve got to start easy, especially for those who have been cooped up for the many months of winter it seems this year. So it take it little by little, it's nice outside get out check the mail, by the time you check the mail maybe walk around the block once but you have to take it slow and work up to that eventual goal of being much more active throughout the spring time. But just get out get out of the couch turn the TV off and get outside clean up the yard pick up the sticks eventually you know set your goal for every day I'm going to walk a little bit more but you got to do it gradually," says Dr. Kurt Bloomstrand, Emergency Medicine Physician.
According to the American Heart Association, 69% of all adults are obese or overweight, and that number continues to increase.
The A-H-A encourages physical activity - anything that makes you move and burn calories – especially the older you get. Studies have shown physical activity helps prevent bone loss, increase muscle strength, and improve coordination and balance as we age.
While physical activity does a body good, if you have any long term or chronic conditions, make sure you have the okay from your doctor first.
The A-H-A has specific recommendations to help improve your overall health.