Senior Lifestyles

Exercising your way to an active new year

It’s a new year – the time to set resolutions and jot down how to achieve them.

It’s difficult to establish exercise goals around an activity you’re not interested in doing. That’s the first rule of a New Year’s resolution – only put in motion the activities you enjoy.

Because exercise has so many benefits, it’s important to follow through. I researched and came up with the most innovative ways to get you moving. No two people will choose the same exercise, so find something on the list that looks interesting and fun to do. Who knows, at the end of January, you may have developed a healthy habit.

Get moving

• Get out walking and enjoy the outdoors. Walk new trails or streets in your town. Try walking to do errands instead of driving.

• Window shop. Hit Main Street or the mall and check out window displays. Bring your cellphone for a podcast or music that will make time fly. It’s also the ideal time to check out winter sales.

• Plant a vegetable or flower garden. Do you enjoy fresh garden vegetables? Does the thought of bright-colored tulips make you smile? Tend a garden of flowers or vegetables and get in shape by weeding, watering and mulching.

• Dance your way to fitness. Does music make you gyrate? Get the basics with a local class or a video lesson.

• Live with good balance. Learn tai chi – doctors say it’s great for building balance. Tai chi, tae kwon do and yoga are Eastern practices that reduce stress and increase cognition. For those with limited mobility, try chair yoga.

• Get outdoors. Head outside with your grandkids and build a fort, go on a scavenger hunt, jump rope or play other games.

• Ride a bike. Hit the local trails and side streets. Invite friends along.

These are a few exercise ideas to get you moving. Start one or two now, and stay active for the rest of your life. Here’s to a year of better health.

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