One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to
start exercising. But after a few weeks or months, many new gym members stop making time
in their schedules for fitness. This is unfortunate because exercise offers
so many positive benefits for both physical and mental health. This year,
make a plan to make physical activity a regular habit. If you would like
to consult a doctor regarding your exercise plans, you can turn to Los
Robles Hospital and Medical Center.
Know the Guidelines
Doctors recommend doing cardiovascular exercise on most days of the week
and strength training exercises on two or more days per week. Most adults
should aim for a minimum of two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity
aerobic activity, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An example of moderate-intensity exercise is brisk walking. However,
if you have a medical condition, are a senior, or are pregnant, consider
asking your doctor about personalized exercise recommendations.
Make a Plan
A successful New Year’s resolution requires a specific and actionable
plan. Plan to start slowly, especially if you haven’t exercised
in a long time. Set realistic long-term and short-term goals. Your long-term
goal might be to run in a 5k race, but if you’ve never run before,
you should start with brisk walking. After a few weeks of brisk walking,
you might be ready to start alternating walking with jogging.
Be a Social Exerciser
Exercising with friends or family can be more enjoyable and you might
be more likely to stick with your plan. Ask a friend to join an exercise
class with you or meet you for a walk in the park instead of lunch. You
might even consider adopting a rescue dog. Dog owners tend to get more
exercise because their furry friends need regular walks.
Consult a Fitness Coach
If you’re feeling stuck with your exercise program, consider hiring
a fitness coach. Personal trainers can revamp your routine, teach you
how to use the proper form and techniques, and keep you motivated during
Physical limitations can make it difficult for some people to exercise,
which is why
Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to offer a complete suite of physical rehabilitation programs.
Our hospital is focused on providing patient-centered care for every stage
of life. You can direct questions about our Rehabilitation Department
in Thousand Oaks to a registered nurse at (877) 888-5746.