The Best Five Exercises For Your Health

We’re getting to that time of the year when we resolve to eat better and exercise more…starting next year, of course. So, to help you plan a well-rounded fitness plan, here are the recommendations from the medical experts at the Harvard Women’s Health Watch for five of the best exercises for getting in shape and reducing your risk for disease.

  1. Swimming –  It increases your aerobic fitness while putting you in a better mood. “It’s the perfect workout.”
  2. Tai Chi – A Chinese martial art that incorporates movement and relaxation. “It gets your brain in on the action – like meditation in motion.”menopause, strength training
  3. Strength Training – It keeps your muscles strong and the more muscles you have, the more calories you burn. “It also enhances sleep quality.”
  4. Walking -A simple and effective exercise good for weight management, bone strength, and lots more.
  5. Kegel Exercises – Strengthens pelvic floor muscles, which support the bladder.  ”Non-traditional, but one of the most important exercises you’ll ever do.”
If you’re looking for guidance on a strength training program that’s suitable for all levels of fitness experience, I recommend Joan Pagano’s book, Strength Training For Women: Tone Up, Burn Calories, Stay Strong. Her book leads you through a whole-body training program that works the major muscle groups. You can choose from three levels and the photos and instruction help to ensure that your workout is injury free.
Joan’s book is my favorite. Can you recommend a book or DVD that’s been helpful to you too?