The health benefits of physical exercise are legion, but motivating ourselves to get moving takes self-discipline. Depending on your age and fitness level, try some of these. If you get bored with one, or it’s beyond your physical capabilities right now, try another. The important thing is to get moving, increase your oxygen intake, and elevate your heart rate. If you’re out-of-shape or have health conditions, consult your doctor before starting an exercise program.
- Cycling – Great way to lose body fat and tone the gluteus maximus.
- Walking – 30 minutes of brisk walking or hiking 3-5 times per week can work wonders not only physically, but mentally.
- Weight training – Targets specific muscle groups, and builds strength and endurance.
- Yoga – Designed to stimulate your muscles and joints, improve your posture, and help you lose fat. Yoga is easily adapted to varying levels of ability.
- Pilates – Targets the muscles in your abs, lower back, thighs, and buttocks to increase strength, flexibility, and endurance.
- Spinning – A high-intensity, low-impact aerobic workout on a stationary bike. Turn on some music and start pedalling!
- Tai Chi – Improves balance and flexibility and also quiets the mind through a series of gentle, controlled movements.
- Gardening – Digging in the dirt, lifting bags of mulch, and pulling weeds has physical and emotional benefits.
- Dancing – Jazz, hip-hop, rock-and-roll, big bands.
- Swimming – Great cardiovascular work-out that tones the whole body.
Note: The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company provides this information to encourage healthful lifestyles and does not dispense medical advice.