“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy
Exercise is one of the most powerful activities that you can do for your health. The right exercise can impact not just your body, but also your mind and spirit. The exercises featured in this section focus on incorporating all the elements of personal well-being into a comprehensive, easy, and enjoyable routine. Visit the Yoga, Qigong, and Dance pages to get started.
- Although 30 minutes of daily activity is the ideal – every little bit counts! Start small by aiming to walk for 10 minutes and build from there.
- Make it fun! You won’t continue a workout unless you really enjoy it. Try a sport, workout with an exercise ball, try a new dance video, or just turn up the music and move.
- Schedule fitness into every day and keep yourself accountable with an exercise calendar.
- Combine simple movements with daily activities – i.e. do squats while brushing your teeth, practice balancing on one leg while waiting for dinner to cook, contract your stomach muscles while waiting at a traffic light.
- Borrow exercise DVDs from the library to try different workout styles.
Free Workouts & Exercise Guides
Free Daily Workouts – Acacia – http://acacialifestyle.com/free-daily-workout/c/344/
Exercise is Medicine Exercise Guides – http://exerciseismedicine.org/YourPrescription.htm – PDF hand-outs of exercise information on a variety of health conditions.
Adult Fitness Test – www.adultfitnesstest.org– a free tool from the President’s Challenge to assess how fit your are.
General Exercise Information
American Council on Exercise – www.acefitness.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity
Exercise is Medicine – www.exerciseismedicine.org
National Center of Physical Activity and Disability – www.ncpad.org
NIH Senior Health – www.nihseniorhealth.gov/exercise/toc.html
President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports – www.fitness.gov
Exercise and Physical Fitness Info – MedlinePlus – www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/exerciseandphysicalfitness.html
[Last Updated: 7/19/12]