Get Fit for Summer: How to Stay in Shape So You Can Do What You Love

how to stay in shape

Do your workouts support your hobbies? We know that exercise can improve your cardiovascular health, strengthen your muscles and bones, increase your energy, and elevate your mood.  

It can also help you stay strong and injury-free so you can continue to do the things you love. Don’t let age and physical or mental limitations stop you from excelling in your activities.  

A regular exercise routine can help support a wide variety of hobbies, from golf and hiking to woodworking and playing musical instruments. Understanding what workouts to do that support your lifestyle is just as important as doing them regularly.  

Additionally, understanding how to take care of your body before and after working out is equally important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

The tips and tricks below will show you how to stay in shape so you can do what you love!


 

Balance

Not only can exercise increase your sense of balance, but it can also help with muscular imbalances. If your hobbies are more strenuous on one side of your body, this causes muscular imbalances that can lead to injury. Focus on muscles that may not always be used when you are at the gym to help sustain your body’s balance. 
 

Cardio and endurance

It is never fun to have to stop and take breaks when doing something because you are out of breath or exhausted. Strengthening your cardiovascular system and muscular endurance can help keep you going. Whether your hobby involves singing, dancing, photography, or gardening, you will benefit from having a healthier heart and lungs. Aim for 150 min of moderate cardio a week. Find a form of cardio that you enjoy whether it’s walking, biking, running, cycling, swimming, etc. and stick to it. 

Core

The core is your midsection, including the front, sides, and back, which acts as a stabilizer for your body. All of your movement is coming from this space – running, throwing, maintaining balance, bending, etc. It’s important that this area is strong so that it can support these essential movements. Also, having a strong core can help prevent back pain and injury. Examples of core exercises include planks, Russian twists, and the bird dog. 

Mental

Exercise can help keep your brain sharp. There have been numerous studies that show exercise can boost activity in different parts of your brain. Cardiovascular exercise has been proven to have the best results, especially for memory. No explanation needed for why it’s important to keep your brain healthy and sharp!  

Small movements

Hobbies that include small hand and foot movements like playing an instrument, crocheting, painting, etc. can benefit from light weights and exercise bands. Sometimes while engaging in these hobbies, depending on your posture, you can aggravate your lower back or another region of your body. This is where the core comes in again. Try some pulling exercises, like rowing, to help improve your posture. 

Recovery

If your hobbies are physically or mentally demanding, try going to the gym for active recovery. Active recovery is a light-intensity workout that doesn’t strain your tired, sore muscles. This helps promote circulation to the muscles to speed up recovery. Yoga, walking, stretching, and Pilates, are all examples of great recovery workouts and can all increase your range of motion and help keep your muscles happy! 
 

UCHealth Medical Fitness (MedFit for short) aims to promote an active, healthy lifestyle for those in the Windsor and surrounding communities. MedFit strives to prevent and lower the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as to help those recovering from illness or injury. As a medical fitness center, MedFit identifies and utilizes a person’s unique medical profile to design a safe, medically supervised fitness program as a necessary component to achieve optimum health, prevent and treat disease and/or injury. 

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