If you’re new to resistance exercise, here are three simple exercises that are easy to start doing today. The new year is a great time to start building new habits – if done right, as outlined in The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, the right keystone habits can set the stage for other healthy changes to fall into place.
With the colder, shorter days and an array of rich, tempting holiday foods always around, this can make maintaining a regular exercise schedule a bigger challenge during the holidays. Many of us become susceptible to gaining a few extra pounds due to all of the extra calories combined with lower activity levels. Maintaining a regular exercise schedule that includes daily resistance exercise will help to keep any holiday weight gain at a minimum, while also helping us to maintain good blood sugar levels, a very important and at times over looked topic.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released their updated version of the guidelines for physical activity earlier this month. This is the first update since the earlier version of the guidelines published in 2008. The study reported many of the health benefits of regular exercise and released the activity recommendations for children and all adults.
We believe that everyone can (and should!) be doing daily resistance exercise. Daily strengthening exercise keeps your muscles and joints strong and symmetrical as well as boosts your energy levels and metabolism.
Exercising consistently often requires planning, goal setting and flexibility. Here are some ways to incorporate 30 minutes of resistance exercise into your daily schedule.