New Year, New You: How to Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals

As we usher in the New Year, many of us set resolutions centered around better health and fitness. Understanding the importance of these goals, primary care doctors, including experts from Norvinia Health, emphasize the significance of maintaining these resolutions all year long.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides age-specific guidelines for physical activities. For children aged 6 to 17, an hour of daily exercise is recommended. For adults, the suggestion is 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous exercise weekly. This could translate to a 30-minute brisk run four times a week or a daily hour-long walk. Activities like walking, golf, tennis, swimming are considered moderate-intensity, while running, biking, and cardio classes offer a more vigorous workout. Seniors are advised to follow similar guidelines but should consider their fitness levels and any chronic conditions. The key for those inactive is to start slowly and gradually increase their activity levels.

In addition to aerobic exercises such as walking, running, and swimming, which are crucial for calorie-burning and endurance building, muscle and bone-strengthening activities are recommended at least twice a week. This includes weight training, resistance exercises, yoga, and tai chi, especially beneficial for seniors to promote bone health and prevent injuries.

The journey to fitness, however, is not just about following guidelines. It’s about finding an exercise form that you love. Whether it’s group fitness classes, yoga, golf, or even starting with a “Couch to 5K” program, the key is to enjoy the process. Exercise not only benefits physical health but also offers a chance for social connections and mental well-being.

If you’re unsure where to start, your primary care doctor can be a valuable resource. At Norvinia Health, Dr. Ojha and her team are dedicated to assisting patients in finding an exercise routine that suits their health needs and lifestyle. They provide personalized recommendations based on your fitness level and help monitor your progress.

Remember, the goal is to find joy in the journey towards better health and fitness. So, this year, take the steps towards a healthier you with the right guidance and a routine that suits your lifestyle and preferences.

Source: Norvinia Health

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