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by Nancy Hightower - September 1, 2021
It’s no secret that an important part of a healthy lifestyle is physical activity.
There's a lot of information and different workouts available on the web, and it can
be overwhelming. If you're looking to introduce regular exercise into your routine,
you may be looking to keep it simple and fun.
It’s recommended that you get at least 150 minutes a week of aerobic activity and
muscle-strengthening activity twice a week. Aerobic activity is anything that gets
your heart beating faster. Muscle strengthening activities make your muscles work
harder than they usual do.
Extension Health Specialist, Dr. Bryan Mader says, “Especially for older adults, multicomponent
physical activity—activity that combines aerobic, muscle strengthening, and balance
training—can improve physical function and reduce the risk of injury from falls. These
activities can be done individually at home or in a structured group setting. It is
also important to remember that all activities, whether light, moderate, or vigorous
intensity, help to meet the key physical activity guidelines and help to maintain
a healthy body weight.”
These recommendations may be minimal, but they can seem so hard to achieve. It can
be helpful to remind ourselves of why physical activity is important and how it can
help us feel better. For instance, physical activity improves your quality of life
by helping brain function, reducing stress and risk of developing diseases, strengthening
your body, and improving sleep. Even when we remind ourselves of the purpose, it can
still be hard to remain motivated sometimes.
How do we turn physical activity into something we enjoy doing instead of viewing
it as a chore?
By making it easy! Here are some tips to make exercise easy and fun:
You can also check in with your county extension offices to see if they offer any
fitness programs. Currently, Walk Across Arkansas can be a great way to have fun while
Walk Across Arkansas is a free, team-based, 8-week physical activity program. Teams
set physical activities goals and encourage one another to reach them through some
friendly competition. It is not limited to walking. You can partake in any physical
activity that increases your heartrate or makes you break a sweat. EHC is offering
district traveling trophies to the winning EHC teams.
Learn more about Walk Across Arkansas here!
Some excellent places to walk can be community parks, walking trails, and state parks
in your county and surrounding areas.
Whatever it is you decide to do, have fun getting physically active!