Balance Your Group Fitness Workouts

Monday July 22, 2013

Included in your routines should be cardiovascular fitness, muscular (strength) training, flexibility training, core exercise and balance training.

  • Cardiovascular exercise will help your heart, lungs and blood vessels transport oxygen throughout your body more efficiently.  The added bonus is you will be able to complete everyday physical activities easier.
  • Strength training at least twice a week can help you increase bone strength and muscular fitness. It can also help you maintain muscle mass during a weight-loss program
  • A strong core allows you to perform functional activities like loading a dishwasher, swinging a golf club reaching for a glass from the top shelf or bending down to tie your shoes easier  Weak core muscles leave you susceptible to low back pain and muscle injuries.  It also contributes to poor posture.
  • Balance training is an important part of every workout.   As we age our ability to maintain our balance diminishes.   Try Tai Chi to regain your balance.
  • Flexibility training simply means maintaining your range of motion.  Your neck for example, it is important that you can turn your neck to look over your shoulder or rotate back to reach your seat belt.  Flexibility does not mean that you can touch your toes but you should be able to flex the knee to tie your shoe.

You do not have to do all of these things every time you exercise but work them into your workout by attending a variety of classes and or clinics.