It is never too late to want to look your best, fit into that dress or impress your significant other. As we age, I cannot express the importance of exercise. Exercise has been shown to prevent disease, lower risk of falls, and improve cognitive function. Walking at a park or attending a group exercise class will help improve mental health and well being.
At Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center, we ensure you that we are taking the proper steps and precautions to stay safe during this pandemic. Attend a group fitness class to laugh, burn calories, and start your day with a feeling of accomplishment. Take a walk outside for 30 minutes or walk inside your house. Record your progress in a journal. At the end of the week, evaluate and improve your time and distance the following week. At the end of the month, energy level will increase along with endurance!
We all want to age gracefully. Unfortunately, as we age, we are at higher risk of falling. It is important to strengthen ligaments and tendons in the ankle. Sidewalk curbs come out of nowhere, or many times we struggle to pick up our feet when walking. Strengthening flexors and extensors in the ankles will help with recovery and reaction time if you were to fall. Milestone offers great pieces of balance equipment. The Bosu ball, balance discs, balance boards, and balance blocks will help improve ankle stability. If no equipment is available to you, try standing on 1 foot, 30 seconds each side daily.
According to Worldometer, there are 1,698,414,611 overweight people in the world today and 764,638,408 obese people. $222,235,994.00 spent for obesity related diseases in the USA today and $72,102,337.00 spent on weight loss programs. A meaningful quote by Joyce Sunada at the Ogden Clinic states, “If you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness.” Take care of your health and well being. Stay active, eat healthy and laugh. Be fit for YOUR life!
Alison Cardoza, B.S. Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. Minor in Health Promotions. ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitour Group Exercise Instructor at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center. Former University of Louisville Ladybird and NFL Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader.