Spring is a great time to get moving. Exercise is vital to maintaining one’s health and wellness. As one of Leslie’s doctors says “motion is lotion” for joints. It’s also vital to good circulation and respiration, as well as keeping ones muscles tone and limber.
Here are our top 10 suggestions for working exercise into your life:
Walking – it’s recommended that you get 20 minutes of exercise every day. One of the best ways to do that is walking. We like to walk after eating a good dinner to help promote good digestion. Beside just walking around our own neighborhood, we also like to go walking at some lovely walking paths such as: Lake Katherine in Palos Heights; Messenger Woods in Homer Glen; The Portincula Center for Prayer in Frankfort; and Midlothian Meadows Forest Preserve in Midlothian.
Stairs- climbing stairs is a great way to get exercise into your life. Ed likes to go to the Swallow Cliff Forest Preserve in Palos, IL and climb the stairs there. He also likes to get 15 minutes of stair climbing in during his lunch hour at work, walking in the stairwells of his six story office building.
Go shopping (no, not to buy things) – the malls are a great place to go walking no matter what the weather is like outside. Some malls allow people to walk around the mall before the stores open. The Orland Square mall is one example. Go to the mall just to walk around no matter the weather outside.
Tennis – we recently rediscovered playing tennis as a couple and as a family. Several of the local area high schools have tennis courts open to the public free of charge. Some even have lighting for playing after dark. Don’t overdo it at first, but get moving and tennis is a great way to have fun doing it.
Go hiking – hiking is a lot like walking…actually it’s exactly like walking…but more adventurous. Starved Rock State Park in Utica, IL is 90 miles southwest of Chicago, and is a great place to hike trails and explore. Hiking is a great way to get some fresh air and take in some beautiful natural scenery.
Gym membership – get a gym membership. There are lots of gyms to choose from. They can be expensive. But if you can afford it, and will use it, it can be money well spent. Gyms have a wide variety of exercise options to choose from: treadmills, ellipticals, stair masters, bicycles, row machines, swimming, wall climbing and weightlifting. Some also offer classes in aerobics, Zumba. Yoga, Pilates, and cycling.
Sports – enjoy your favorite sports and get some great exercise in the process. Here are some suggestions: basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, swimming, golf and racquetball, just to name a few.
Skating – rollerblading, rollerskating and ice skating are fun ways to get moving. Equipment ownership can be a little pricey, but you can often rent skates at a roller or ice rink for a reasonable fee. You can make an outing of it and have fun doing it with family or friends.
Bicycling – cycling is an enjoyable way to get around and you can get some good exercise doing it. You can cycle in your neighborhood or nearby trails. Bicycles can be expensive, but if you’ll use them, are a good investment.
Swimming – as spring turns into summer, stay cool swimming, and get some exercise in the process.
Of course, whatever activities you choose, bring and drink lots of water to stay hydrated before, during and after your activities. And take precautions to wear appropriate clothing and equipment for your activities, and stay safe doing them.
Have a wonderful spring and summer!