April 1, 2012
We know that exercise is important for a healthy lifestyle. Our body needs to keep moving to stay healthy. While walking is a great way to exercise, it is only one of many ways to stay healthy.
Have you tried strength training?
This is exercise that can help you continue to do activities of daily living (like carrying groceries, climbing stairs, lifting laundry, ect.)
Benefits can include but are not limited to improved energy levels and sleep, stronger bones and better balance. Use your own body weight by doing sit ups, push ups, squats and pull ups. Use home equipment like milk jugs or laundry detergent or soup cans.
Safety- strength training is done 2-4 days a week and usually not done on back to back days. Always warm up before starting and get in the habit of learning to exhale when you lift a weight and exhale when you lower the weight.
Check the Parish Nurse table for a handout on strength training and suggested exercises. Check with your doctor about how strength training can improve your health and well being and if there might be a reason you should not take up this activity.