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muscles from becoming
short and tight, which can
lead to injury. The greater
range of movement that
you have the easier it is to
perform your chosen activity.
Simple mobility
stretches specific to your
activity should be done.
Never force any movements,
and stop immediately
if you feel any pain.

Aerobic training
means training with oxygen,
therefore you should
not be out of breath. You
do want your heart rate and
breathing to increase. Aim
for low impact activities,
brisk walking, swimming,
low impact aerobic classes,
do 3-5 times per week a period
of 20-60 minutes.

Spring Forward!

Life is not a spectator sport
and you should actively enjoy
every minute! Whatever
you enjoy doing, gardening,
golf, tennis, walking
or jogging, it is well
known that physical activity
combined with a
healthy diet helps maintain
strength, cardiovascular efficiency
and flexibility.

All of these activities put
strains on hips, back,
shoulders, elbows and
neck, which can cause injuries.
Before starting any
training program a check
up is recommended, especially
if you have been sedentary
all winter or have
any medical conditions.

Flexibility exercises
should be done prior to any
activity. It is important because
it helps prevent your

Strength training helps
prevent the breakdown
of healthy muscle tissue
and bones, along with
strengthening connective tissues
around the joints such as
ligaments. Aim to perform
weight training two times a
week with two days rest between
sessions. Never train
sore muscles. If you feel starting
with weight will be hard
for you, get the advice of a
personal trainer or physical
therapist. You can also do research
on the internet.

Exercise may not be able
protect you from all of life’s
ailments but it can help keep
you mobile, independent, and
mentally strong to participate
in the activities you have
waited all winter to enjoy.

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