Six Tips for Making Exercise
More Effective and Fun

There’s always room for improvement, no matter how much
you already know and how well you do it.

Develop and maintain better balance.

Sturdy balance can reduce injuries during workouts, but our balancing abilities reduce as we age. Build yours by standing like a stork while you brush your teeth, comb your hair or do other standing activities. Kids – start improving your balance now!

Move it.
Scrub the floors. Pull weeds. Walk around the block. Change all the light bulbs. Whatever you do, do it actively for at least 20 minutes a day and you’ll be healthier. And more engaged in your workout when you get to it.

Hop to it.
When you hop, you build stronger bone density. That’s always a good thing. And hopping is challenging fun, especially for adults who haven’t hopped in years. Get up and try it!

Treat yourself to chocolate.
Recent studies have shown that a little bit of dark chocolate before a workout can be positive fuel. But limit yourself to half of a normal square of the candy (about the size of two postage stamps).

Build flexibility with weights.
Weight training actually increases your joints’ range of motion better than static stretching.

Go high tech.
Use those gadgets – like pedometers, heart monitors and fitness apps – and you’re more apt to stick to your program.