Are you feeling inspired while lounging on the couch watching the 2016 Rio Olympics? Motivated to get up and begin a new workout routine? While you may not be a top Olympic athlete, it’s never too late to kick-start a new healthy lifestyle.
Kevin Bernard, MD explains that simple activities like walking, light jogging, biking and swimming can bring about wonderful benefits for not only your physical physique but also your overall health. Getting up and making your blood flow can improve your sleeping patterns, increase your metabolism, prevent stiffness in your joints, and help you to maintain your weight, which plays an important role on the health of your joints. Additionally, exercise can boost your endorphins to make you a more happy and balanced person.
Moreover, regular activity can help fight off chronic diseases like osteoporosis and has a number of health benefits for those living with arthritis, including decreased pain and fatigue, increased strength and flexibility, and improved ability to manage symptoms or prevent injury.
Here are 5 ways to help you ease into a new exercise routine:
Always check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.