Home Care Assistance is a major proponent of healthy aging; our proprietary Balanced Care Method promotes lifestyle factors that have been correlated with longevity including healthy diet, exercise, mental stimulation, social ties, a sense of purpose and calm. Exercise has been shown to help people maintain a balanced weight, fight diabetes, and improve overall brain health. Most of us know that working out is important, but the question is, are we doing it properly?
Below is a list of four common mistakes that people make while exercising:
- Not Stretching – Stretching before a workout is very important, especially for older adults. As we age, we develop a higher risk for muscle and tendon injuries. Stretching helps to get the blood flowing and to increase range of motion. Be careful not to stretch too far too quickly, though, as doing so can result in injuries.
- Not Warming Up – Similar to stretching, warming up becomes even more important as we age. A light jog or other warm-up exercise can increase the flow of blood and oxygen. Increasing the blood and oxygen flow throughout our bodies helps us perform at a higher level as well as helps us to avoid injury. Be careful of your warm-up exercises being too vigorous; you want to put forth the most energy into your primary exercise routine.
- Not Drinking Enough Water – Mild dehydration can lead to a significant reduction in physical performance. It’s important to stay hydrated before, during and after a workout. Keep in mind that it’s possible to be dehydrated without feeling thirsty, so make sure to sip on water even when you feel fine. One relatively unknown fact is that cold water takes longer to hydrate the body than room temperature water.
- Not Adding Enough Variety – A common mistake people make is getting into an exercise routine that lacks diversity. While consistency is important for maintaining fitness, it can sometimes result in boredom and decreased motivation. If you enjoy jogging or walking, try exploring somewhere new every week. If you’re the type of person who prefers the gym, try mixing in new exercises and machines to keep your workout interesting.
If you notice that you are making one or more of these common mistakes while exercising, address it immediately and you will likely start noticing a change for the better.