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Strength training is another activity to include in an ideal exercise program. Do this activity at least two times a week. Don’t push yourself too hard. Be aware if you are short of breath or in pain or cannot speak. If these signs occur, you are probably working out too hard. On the other hand, you should work out hard enough to break a sweat and have difficulty speaking.


It is important to pick the right exercise or combination of exercises for you. Medline Plus says most people benefit from a combination of aerobic, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises. In addition, choose activities that work all the different parts of your body and exercise with proper equipment. Listen to your body and don’t overdo it.


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MAKING THE MOST OF EXERCISE

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her blog may be seen on her website at www.normajan.naiwe.com

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  1. Make everything you do more active, from hand washing your car to taking the stairs instead of the elevator to walking to do errands.
  2. Be active in social events. Plan activities centered around exercise.
  3. Keep track of your progress. Have exercise goals.
  4. Make exercise fun. Do activities you enjoy.
  5. Find activities you can do in inclement weather.


Get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week by walking, swimming or performing some other activity. The Mayo Clinic suggests making the most of your exercise by knowing how to gauge your exercise intensity. How hard should you be exercising? Exercise at a moderate or vigorous level for maximum benefit. Exercise intensity is shown in your breathing and heart rate, whether you are sweating and how tired your muscles feel.


The American Heart Association recommends a general target heart rate of moderate exercise intensity: 50 percent to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate. Vigorous exercise intensity should be 70 percent to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate.

Exercise, you say? No way!


If you are like many Americans, you’re busy and think you don’t have time to exercise. You no doubt have a sedentary job or you feel it’s just too much of an effort to exercise each day. But exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and it’s never too late to begin.


Benefits of exercise, according to Medline Plus, include:



Establishing an exercise program will take a little planning and adjusting, but it is doable.