Spring Exercise Routine Refresh

Spring is here! The warmer weather means it is time to get active outdoors after the winter weather hibernation. Exercise is essential for maintaining your health, and there is no better time than now to stretch out those muscles and get your heart rate up with the spring’s fresh air. Exercise can improve your overall sense of well-being. Even low-to-moderate intensity activities, for as little as 30 minutes a day, can be beneficial. Outdoor activities may include pleasure walking, gardening, and yard work. Spring is the perfect time to refresh your exercise routine and take it outside.

More vigorous aerobic activities are best for improving the fitness of your heart and lungs. These exercises may be done three or four times a week for 30 to 60 minutes. Regular, aerobic activity increases your capacity for exercise, and helps prevent heart diseases and even certain cancers. Such aerobic exercises may include brisk walking, running, swimming, playing tennis, cycling, rollerblading, or jumping rope.

There are many key benefits from regular exercise such as weight control, improved blood circulation, boosted energy levels and mood, and managing high blood pressure. Regular exercise may even counter anxiety and depression. In addition, lack of physical activity can be seriously detrimental to your health. Physical inactivity has been shown to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and may increase the risk of certain cancers. Thousands of deaths occur each year due to a lack of regular physical activity, making it imperative to get active.

A daily exercise program can provide a way for you to share an activity with your family and friends. At the same time, it helps you establish good heart-healthy habits. Daily exercise can help you prevent conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and poor lifestyle habits that lead to heart attack and stroke later in life. Regular exercise routines are important for older adults as well, though inactivity tends to increase with age, and women are more likely to lead inactive lifestyles than men. If you are an older adult of any gender, daily physical activity can help delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases linked to aging. This will help you maintain your quality of life and independence longer.

As the weather continues to get increasingly more enjoyable, find ways to get outside and get active. Take your family on a brisk walk around town. Get your gardening gloves back on and give your landscape the seasonal facelift it needs. Set goals to get outside everyday. Most importantly, if you haven’t been exercising regularly, be sure to check with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise routine.

Ayotunde Adeyeri, M.D., FASMBS, is a board-certified and fellowship-trained laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgeon and medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss at Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge. The Institute is accredited by the MBSAQIP as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center and provides individualized medical and surgical solutions and support for individuals seeking weight loss, including nutrition and lifestyle counseling. For more information or to attend a free bariatric surgery seminar, call 855-TIME-4-ME.

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