Where can I find information about exercise?

Staying active is key to living a healthy lifestyle. The CDC recommends that adults engage in at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week (like brisk walking or a bike ride) and perform strengthening activities two or more days a week. Building regular exercise into your daily routine is easier than you think. Whether you prefer taking a class at a gym, running outside, participating in an organized team sport, or just playing with your kids, exercise really can be for everyone. What matters most is finding something you enjoy. Just remember to always consult with your healthcare provider before starting a new exercise routine. Your health plan can offer programs or tips for how to incorporate exercise into simple routines throughout the day.

Cardiovascular Exercise

Cardio is any movement that gets your heart rate up and increases blood circulation throughout the body. Cardio exercise can burn off excess calories, which can help with weight loss. But there are many other health benefits associated with regular cardio activities, including a healthier heart, a faster metabolism, and diabetes control.

Strength Training

Maintaining and improving physical strength is beneficial at any age, and strength training is more than just bodybuilding and lifting weights. Like cardio, strength training can help with weight loss. But it can also improve other health issues like arthritis; protect muscles, bones and joints; boost energy levels; and improve your mood.

Balance and Flexibility

Balance and flexibility are often an overlooked part of many people’s exercise routines, but they play an important role in overall physical fitness. These types of exercises help to improve range of motion, alleviate joint and muscle stiffness and decrease the likelihood of injury. Stretching and balance activities can be performed on your own or you might consider taking a class like yoga or tai-chi.

Other Exercise

Again, there are many different forms of exercise that can help you effectively lose weight, gain strength, or just help you feel better about your health