We know many of you will be entering 2020 with the goal of getting fit and we salute you. It is never too late to do more for your health and there is no better time than a new year to make a fresh start. As part of your osteopathic treatment, we offer advice on how you can use exercise to better yourself, so we thought a short blog on different exercises you could try this new year would be a worthwhile read. Now go and get your gym gear out, you’re going to need it!
The word ‘aerobic’ in an exercise sense relates to the need of oxygen to make energy for the body when exercising. You might hear some people refer to aerobic exercise as ‘cardio’ and this relates to the benefits on the cardiovascular system as a result of doing aerobic exercise. In other words, it’s good for the heart and lungs. Examples of aerobic exercise include walking, jogging, running, cycling and swimming. If you are looking to improve your cardiovascular health or ‘aerobic’ fitness, then trying one of the above options would be ideal. If you’ve never run before, but you’d like to give it a go, then start small. Try a light jog over a short distance to get the heart pumping and build from there. It’s not ideal to try running a 10k from the get-go! Cycling could be on either a push bike or a static exercise bike in the gym. You’ll benefit from both, but we think going out on a push bike is much nicer. Think of all the fresh air and beautiful views you can take in by opting for an outdoor ride. Have your helmet ready and ride safe 🙂
If you’re not feeling the cardio side of things and would like to try something a little gentler, then stretching could be a good fit for you. The benefits of stretching include:
• Improving or maintaining muscle flexibility
• Reducing the risk of injury due to tight or short muscles
• Allowing you to maintain good posture and movement to be able to perform everyday tasks efficiently
• Allowing you to exert yourself to higher levels without the worry of injury
• Improving fluid movement throughout the body
If you’re looking for guidance on a stretching regime, speak to us next time you’re in the clinic. We will be able to tailor one to your needs and abilities. You may also want to consider taking part in a local yoga class. Yoga is fantastic for helping you stay flexible, as well as a whole host of other benefits including increased strength, balance and energy levels.