Walk it out
You don't have to overexert yourself to make strides towards better wellness. If you are just starting out, or not as physically fit as you'd like to be, low-impact exercises may be a good option to get you on your feet and moving.
Here are some great low-impact exercises:
- Walking. This can be done almost anywhere. Start with 10-15 minutes each day and gradually add time. Don't worry about speed, think consistency.
- Water walking. Take your regular walking routine to the pool. This is well suited for people who have painful joints or difficulty moving. You can get all of the benefits of running or walking without the impact.
- Mind-body exercise. Consider adopting yoga, meditation or Tai Chi into your routine. Not only does this serve to exercise the body, but encourages mindfulness.
Don't forget your social support system. Pick a partner to work out with or join a class. Dr. Cherita Raines, leads Zumba® classes for Everett Clinic teammates and patients. She says we should do something we enjoy and making fitness and integral part of our routine leads to happier, healthier lives. I couldn't agree more.
DISCLAIMER: The contents and opinions expressed by Everett Clinic teammates and providers on “A Healthier You” blog and those providing comments are theirs alone and are not a substitute for medical advice. Consult your own provider for personal health recommendations.
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