Having an integrated fitness plan, with a focus on cardiovascular, strength and flexibility activities is a strategy that will keep you healthy, in shape and free of injuries. It seems as if each of us tend to prefer certain types of fitness activities. Favorites exist for any number of reasons such as familiarity, skill level, competitive nature, team orientation or socialization potential.
My first love is aerobic activity and involves large muscle groups and sustained movement such as walking, hiking, biking, dancing, swimming and skiing. The list goes on and on and if I can increase my heart rate outside in nature, even better. When I get my blood and heart pumping, I feel terrific! Take a fast walk everyday.
The American Heart Association Recommends
For Overall Cardiovascular Health:
- At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150
- At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes; or a combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity
Start with an activity you have enjoyed doing in the past that will get your heart rate up and keep it up. The activity should be one you can stick with on three to five days a week.
Staying fit= staying youthful!