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Tips for Healthy Exercise

Exercise is a key factor in staying healthy.  Exercise strengthens the bones, heart and lungs, relieves depression and helps you sleep better.

Tips for healthy exercise:

  • Begin exercising gradually, perhaps with brisk walking.  Don't expect to get into shape overnight
  • You should work hard enough to sweat during each exercise period, but not so hard that you can't hold a conversation
  • Plan an exercise routine that lasts 20-30 minutes and perform the workout at least 3-5 days a week.  Include stretching before and after your exercise. This will help avoid injury.  Remember to stop and listen to your body.  If it hurts badly, then you are probably overdoing it.
  • While exercises such as weight lifting develop strength in the muscles, they do little for the heart.  Aerobic exercises strengthen the heart and lungs and should be part of the fitness routine.  Aerobic exercises include walking, running, jogging, swimming, cross-country skiing, rowing, dancing, racket sports and cycling.  For the biggest benefits, aerobic exercise must be sustained for a 10-12 minute period.

Adjustments in exercise programs need to be made for children, pregnant women, the elderly, the dialed and heart attack survivors. 

Baptist Family Fitness has an exercise program to fit every age or lifestyle.  Click here to find out about the programs offered at Baptist Family Fitness.