What’s the Best Exercise Plan for Me?

Designing your fitness plan

If exercise is so good for us then why do we find it so hard to exercise regularly? It wasn’t always that way. In grade school, you probably couldn’t wait for recess. It was a time to walk, run, jump, and be outside. You were exercising and enjoying every minute of it. Now it’s more of a chore. But it doesn’t have to be that way if you focus on activities you enjoy and a routine that’s tailored to your needs.

So how do you create such an exercise routine? Find a blend of activities you enjoy and a schedule you can stick with over the long haul. Start out gradually, set realistic goals, and reward yourself for accomplishments along the way. In short, your fitness plan should give you recess without the bell.

Plentiful and well-established science supports the benefits of aerobic and strength training, as well as balance training for older adults. Flexibility and relaxation exercises are also important components of an enjoyable and effective fitness plan.


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