Fitness Goals to Start a New Year?

By Eunice K. Neubauer, CSA

Fitness Goals to Start a New Year Twin Cities MNA new year has started.  Are you one to have a fitness goal? Many people make fitness a new year’s resolution as we see with more people at the gym working out.

Each year I have a fitness goal of some type on my list of personal goals.  It might be miles biking or a bike ride, trying a new sport like climbing at Vertical Endeavors (on my calendar for Jan. 19 thanks to a friend), strengthening by lifting weights, yoga.  There are so many different things to try and do but one I know I will commit to is walking my dog Gracie daily.    Exercise is becoming more important or needed as I age to retain muscle, flexibility and balance.

Studies show we should get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days a week or 2 ½ hours of moderate aerobic exercise; like a brisk walk.    The four main areas of exercise to focus on are: endurance, strength, balance and flexibility.  As I age, I notice a decline in all of these areas.  So what exercise can I do that focuses on all these areas?  Not sure there is one that does it all.   Yoga can help with flexibility and balance, but it doesn’t really help endurance or strengthening.  So it seems you need to change it up and do some different things.

If you are in a senior living community, I’m sure there are classes to attend or a fitness workout room to visit.  That is a benefit to senior living.   If you are a senior still in a home, where is the local gym or do you need a personal fitness person to come to you like www.3clickfitness.com   Their motto is Your Location, Your trainer, Your Time.         At Choice Connections, we’d love to hear how fitness is a part of your life in 2019.  Please email me your plans I’d love to hear them.

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