Exercising daily is one of the most important things that you can do for your body. Daily movement can build strength in muscles and bones, help manage body weight, improve brain function, help with activities of daily living, better sleep and mood, decrease pain and the development of chronic diseases.
It is important to move your body at least every hour. Get up from your desk and stand,
walk, get a drink of water, or stretch. Aim for 30-45 minutes of mild to moderate intensity exercise 3-5 times per week. This can include walking, biking, running, swimming, etc. Consider joining an exercise class, Pilates, or Yoga a couple times per week. Group exercise classes help keep you motivated and accountable for your improvement. Other ideas of physical activity include team sports, pickle ball, kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing and rock climbing. Find how YOU like to get moving. When just starting an exercise routine begin with mild intensity and work your way up to moderate intensity as your symptoms improve. If working a desk job make sure to take posture breaks throughout the day. By doing this choose a cue such as an alarm, hear a phone ring, etc. as a reminder to check in with your posture throughout the day. Posture breaks should be done 3-4 times per hour to ensure proper posture to reduce risk of injury. Build daily intentional movement into your routine and start your fitness journey today!
Tips for daily exercise:
Set reachable goals
Have a routine
Do activities that you enjoy doing
Join exercise classes- group exercise is a good motivator
Join a fitness center