Monday, October 7, 2013

Important to vary your exercise routine

This Health Note from the Mayo Clinic Health System talks about the importance of variety in your exercise routine. Each type of exercise – aerobic, strength training and stretching – serves a unique and important purpose.

"Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark." -David Ogilvy

Being physically active can include lifting weights or running, but there is more to it than that. It's about having a greater range of motion, increased flexibility, improved circulation, and stronger bone structure and muscle. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends 30 minutes of physical activity a day for adults, 60 minutes for children, at least five days a week.

There are different types of physical activity including aerobic activities, muscle-strengthening activities, bone-strengthening activities, and balance and stretching activities. Aerobic activities increase your heart beat and range from moderate to vigorous intensity. An aerobic exercise typically increases your resting heart rate by 60-85%. Muscle - and bone - strengthening activities include weight-bearing activities such as lifting weights or body weight exercises.

Balance and stretching activities such as yoga will help to enhance physical stability and flexibility. Try incorporating different types of activities into your workout every day. For example, if you strength train on Monday, try a yoga class on Tuesday. Changing up your exercises will keep you interested and also puts different types of good strain on your body.

Amy Every
Senior Communication Consultant, Marketing Communications
Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare
700 West Avenue South
La Crosse, WI 54601   

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