Physical exercise is one of the most important parts of living a healthy lifestyle. You have to get moving every day. You don’t have to run a marathon – or even train for one. You don’t have to spend an hour in the gym every day. But you do have to move.
Too many people equate an exercise routine with a strict gym regimen, but that doesn’t have to be the case. As long as you make some type of physical activity a part of your everyday routine, then you are on the right track! Go for a nature hike. Ride a bike. Play catch or shoot baskets with your kids. Swim. Dance.
Whether you are already in the habit of daily exercise or whether you are just getting started, there are a couple of things to remember. One is to start slowly. If you haven’t been very active lately, then don’t jump in and overdo it. This can actually cause more harm than good. Consult with your doctor if you have any concerns. Then start small. Another important thing to keep in mind is that you need to take care of your body after you exercise, especially if your workout is more strenuous or includes lifting weights. Your muscles will be sore. So don’t skip the cool down. You can use some exercises designed specifically for sore muscles like these from Shape magazine. Massage can also help with sore muscles by reducing inflammation and increasing circulation.
So get moving! February is Heart Health Month, so it’s a great time to start on the right path to a healthier you.