Support and Be Supported in Your Exercise Routine…
Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the warmer weather by exercising and practicing Active Wellness outside! Take your indoor exercise outdoors – walking, biking, yoga, tai chi and qigong.
According to the American Heart Association, being more active leads to many health benefits including a boost in levels of good cholesterol, improved blood flow (circulation) and helping keep weight under control.1 At least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity is recommended each week.2 This can be broken down to 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Since every minute of moderate to vigorous activity counts, adding two or three short walks a day would help achieve that goal.
If you’re not naturally active or need some motivation to get started, here are some ways that could help you get more active:
- Seek out people who will keep you motivated and accountable for your Active Wellness regimen. Many local communities hold clubs or events – find local exercise groups to join.
- Get a workout buddy who is in a similar physical shape as you. You can help each other stay on course and progress together. Make it a social time, not just an exercise time.
- Choose activities you enjoy.If you dislike running, don’t try to become a jogger. Zumba, Pilates or yoga might suit you better. If you have sensitive joints, swimming may be your best choice.
- Choose your preferred exercise time – If you’re not a morning person, getting up earlier to exercise will only demotivate you.
Whatever your choice of workout, a decent sport shoe is a must. Investing in a quality shoe can help prevent injuries and make your workout a more pleasant and comfortable experience. Nikken’s Kenko mStrides® offer dynamic energy flow and foot support to wearers. With their long-wearing surface, they do not absorb moisture or odour and they provide ventilation to help keep your feet cool.