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Hello Idaho,

Fitness is Fantastic

We talk a lot about eating well, and we know that healthy eating habits helps our body and mind function better and feel really great. Physical activity is also a necessity in our daily routine to help us feel great and improve our overall health. Everyone can benefit from being physically active, and there are beneficial activities for all ages, body types and abilities.

What should you do?

  • Starting out or have limitations? 
    Try balance and stretching.

    Balance and stretching activities enhance physical stability and flexibility, which reduces risk of injuries. Examples are gentle stretching, dancing, yoga, martial arts and t'ai chi.
  • Young or young-at-heart?
    Bone-strengthening is fun and simple.

    Bone-strengthening activities make your bones stronger. Bone strengthening activities, like jumping, are especially important for children and adolescents. These activities produce a force on the bones that promotes bone growth and strength.
  • Trying to burn calories and gain strength?
    Try muscle-strengthening.

    Muscle-strengthening activities make your muscles stronger. These include activities like push-ups and lifting weights. It is important to work all the different parts of the body - your legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders and arms.
  • Building your heart and mind?
    Aerobic activities include walking or running sports. 

    Aerobic activities make you breathe harder and make your heart beat faster. Aerobic activities can be moderate or vigorous in their intensity. Vigorous activities take more effort than moderate ones. For moderate activities, you can talk while you do them, but you can't sing. For vigorous activities, you can only say a few words without stopping to catch your breath.
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    But where?

    A gym membership is really great, but if it’s not for you there are ways around it. Idaho is perfect for getting outside to move around.

    • Try a morning yoga session on a towel in the back yard.
    • Jump rope or play hopscotch on the sidewalk.
    • Head to the park for pushups and planks. Try a pull-up at the playground or do lunges at the high school track.
    • Take a walk or a hike. Bike a trail or take a run at the high school track (after your lunges!)

    Take advantage of Idaho’s abundance of outdoor recreation. Choose something you enjoy and have a good time; it’s good for you!

Until Next Week,

Eat Smart Idaho, University of Idaho Extension