This May it’s time to move!
Every May is National Physical Fitness and Sports month, and this May, the Presidential Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition is encouraging people to get on the move with their campaigns #0to60 and #MoveInMay. More people are finding that a sedentary lifestyle is not the way to go. People are realizing that it simply feels better to move! They are lacing up their shoes, turning on a fitness tracker, and heading out the door to exercise. Why don’t you join the trend?
The Branford Hall Career Institute and its Personal Fitness Trainer program invite you to take charge of your physical fitness this month. We want to help promote exercise and healthy lifestyles among our students, staff, and community. Getting more active can contribute to a healthier you. Think of some of the health benefits of exercise:
- Healthier heart and lungs
- Stronger muscles
- Better metabolism
- Better weight management
- Reduced body fat
- Improved mood
- Stress relief
- Lower blood pressure
Getting in Shape
So, how do you get in shape? If you are out of shape, the first thing you should do is consult with your doctor before undertaking a new exercise regimen. And when you do start, it’s best to take it slow in the beginning, and gradually build up to more strenuous workouts. If you join a gym, make sure you ask for a consultation with a personal fitness trainer. These professionals are trained to help you devise a workout that matches your fitness level and helps you improve step by step.
As you begin to get in shape, your trainer will remind you that it’s important to do a blend of exercises that incorporate the four main training areas: cardiovascular, strength-building, flexibility, and balance. The personal trainer may recommend a combination of weight training, aerobic workouts, stretching, and core muscle workouts so that you are getting a well-rounded program in all of the training areas.
Wondering what kind of workout to sign up for? There are so many new and unusual gym workouts these days that you won’t ever get bored. From aerial yoga to gyrotonic, parkour to soul cycle…it seems like fitness professionals are coming up with something new every day! With this kind of variety, you can try a new exercise every week until you see what works best for you!
Hidden fitness tricks
Another way to boost your fitness is to incorporate small exercises into your daily routine. Being sedentary for too many hours in a row can be a real enemy to your health. Instead, find small ways to incorporate movement into your life:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Take the whole family out to walk the dog
- Park farther away and walk
- Get off the bus or subway a stop early and walk the rest of the way
- Take a walk with a friend instead of meeting a drink
- Do pushups during commercial breaks
- Stand up while you work at your computer
- Join a community sports league
- Do more housework
- Play with your kids
- Get a fitness app on your phone to challenge yourself to improve
Physical fitness is something that is important for your entire life. The more you get fit, the better you will feel, and the less you will dread your workouts. Why not reflect on your fitness level this spring and see if it’s time for a change? If you are out of shape, do your body a favor and begin the journey to a healthier lifestyle. If you are already in good shape, it might be a good idea to evaluate what you’re doing and see if you want to try something new. Whatever the case, make the most of your health and fitness time. Your body will thank you!