Fitness for Life

Our bodies are designed for movement.  Regular exercise can help alleviate joint pain and stiffness particularly with arthritis. It is important for heart health as well as reducing stress.

There is no one size fits all approach to exercise.  It is important to check with your doctor to know what is right for you. If you're just starting out, begin with something like a brisk walk around the block or a joint friendly pool workout and you'll notice a gradual increase in endurance.  Of course beginning an exercise program provides the perfect excuse to go shopping for fun workout gear!

Where does the stress connection come in?  Exercise releases the same "feel good" endorphins we get from laughing or eating chocolate.  It has been proven that people who are feeling stressed prior to a workout experience a remarkable reduction in stress afterwards. .  All the more reason to lace up those tennis shoes!

Yoga and Pilates are wonderful for improving circulation and are very low impact for individuals with joint issues. According to The National Institute On Aging, balance exercise such as yoga can help prevent serious injury caused by falls.

A great workout doesn't require a gym membership or buying expensive equipment. It can be as simple as walking around your neighborhood or a taking a bike ride.  Libraries often carry a selection of fitness DVD's which can be a fun way to try something new for the cost of a library card.  

Don't feel like you have to go it alone!  Recruit a friend or neighbor to join you.  Having someone to exercise with can be motivating and you'll keep one another on the right track. 

Whatever you choose to do to get moving make it something you enjoy and you'll be more inclined to stick with it!

By Max LaCount