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 each workout.
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.