New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep
Lose weight. Exercise regularly. Be more active.
Without a doubt, these are the most common New Year’s resolutions—and worthy ones at that. Exercise is good for us both physically and mentally.
And while New Year’s resolutions are often broken, we’re confident these are ones you can keep.
You can benefit from just two hours and thirty minutes per week of moderate intensity aerobic exercises. That’s five 30-minute sessions, three 50-minute sessions, or daily 20-minute ones.
However you break it up, you just need to work hard enough to raise your heart rate.
Pick one of these activities to focus on and get started today!
- Ice skating gives you a good cardiovascular workout and tones your legs at the same time.
- Rock climbing walls offer another great activity, largely because climbing uses the whole body. Indoor rock climbing is also good for balance and coordination because climbers must find equilibrium with each step.
- Skiing not only provides winter fun but also gives your whole body a workout. Skiing involves quadriceps – the most used muscle in skiing – hamstrings and glutes, thighs, calves, abs and back, and arms.
- The Fuel Up to Play 60 program (https://www.fueluptoplay60.com/) is a great way to get kids involved in healthier living.
- Dancing burns calories, improves balance and coordination, tones muscles, and builds bones—all things that are just plain good for your body. And it’s good for you mentally as well. It can relieve stress or lessen depression, and it keeps you sharp as you memorize steps and routines.
- Water aerobics give you the same benefits as regular aerobics—and then some. You can exercise every muscle and joint in your body all at the same time. And, perhaps best of all, water aerobics can be done by people of all ages.
- Resistance bands, giant rubber bands that you pull against to strengthen certain muscle groups, increase coordination, strengthen core muscles, and build muscle mass. And, depending on how you use them, bands can be great for beginners as well as more advanced exercisers.
A word of advice: We all know New Year’s resolutions can be difficult to keep. One of the best ways to keep your resolution and start a healthy habit is to build a support network of people who will encourage you and even join you in keeping your resolution all year long.
And, if you have not been exercising regularly, consult your primary care physician before beginning an exercise routine.