A quality, balanced exercise program should include aerobic exercise, resistance training, stretching exercises and balance training. Many individuals are familiar with the first three types of exercise, but working on improving balance is sometimes overlooked. Benefits of good balance include improved agility and motor control in sports, as well as in daily activities. Improved balance is thought to decrease lower extremity injury rates in several types of athletes. And as we age, the risk and fear of falling can negatively impact our quality of life significantly. Click here for balance training ideas.
Did you make New Year’s resolutions that included eating more healthily and getting more fit, but now you are not quite sure how to start? Break down your large, nonspecific goals into “SMART” goals, that is, ones that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. To work toward eating more healthily, you could, for example, have a SMART goal to eat at least 5 fruits or vegetables per day, every day for the next week. To work toward getting fit, you could, for example, have a SMART goal of being active for 30 minutes, 5 days per week for the next 2 weeks. At the end of the time assigned to each goal, reflect back, or better yet, review notes you made in a training diary, and see if you accomplished your goals. Use this information to continue planning future SMART goals that will bring you closer to your target. A Threshold Fitness program can assist you with your goal planning, so contact us to find out how.