What’s a healthy habit that will make you, and if you have children, feel and look better? Exercise!
Being active can prevent medical problems such as heart disease and diabetes. So, try to exercise most days of the week. Most adults should aim for a total of two and a half hours of moderate physical activity a week. Kids need at least an hour a day.
Here are some activities you can do, with or without children to make exercise part of your daily routine today:
- Listen to your favorite music and dance or jump rope to the beat.
- Follow an exercise program on television daily.
- Do household chores together to music. Sweep and mop the floor, vacuum the carpet, or wash the windows.
- Count and see how long you and your child can stretch out and strengthen your muscles. Your child should not hold the stretch for more than 30 seconds.
- Do sit-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, and jumping jacks. But be sure to warm your muscles up first with light activity or movement.
- Walk at a fast pace up and down an apartment hallway.
Always make sure that a child won’t get hurt when you exercise. For example, remove throw rugs or other tripping hazards when you work out at home.
Start slowly and build up your activity level gradually. Choose exercises that will make you sweat and breathe hard. But don’t overdo it. You should be able to talk when you are exercising.
Remember to drink plenty of fluids before and after you exercise. And have fun keeping in shape!
Article from the StayWell Company, LLC