Fitness Guidance and Recommendations
Finding a place to get some exercise in can be difficult. Maybe the price is too expensive, or the building is too small/cramped, or maybe you just want to work out outside instead of in a building. Outside E.G. Hewitt School along Sloatsburg Road, the town of Ringwood installed brand new exercise equipment along with an outdoor path providing a free alternative to the gym that will allow the chances to work outside in our beautiful town getting closer to nature.
When determining how much time should be spent exercising, the answer is different for everyone based on individual goals or needs. Regardless of your reasoning for exercising you should strive for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity. There are five areas of health related fitness; cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. It is important that when exercising you are focusing on increasing all five areas of health related fitness. How you go about this and how much time you put towards each area is up to you, but it’s important that you spend some time each week covering all five areas.
Make sure to stay hydrated not only during your workout, but before and after too. If you have inadequate water intake prior to exercising you may begin to experience dehydration symptoms such as dizziness or feeling light headed. On top of hydration the energy expended when exercising comes from the foods you eat. Carbohydrates and fats are going to be your primary sources of energy while protein will help with the muscle recovery process. With a little time and research you can create a balanced diet for yourself that provides all the needed nutrients to get you through your workout.
While you may want to push yourself as hard as you can go you may be putting yourself at risk of causing an injury. If something doesn’t feel right it’s best not to continue and take some time to rest. It’s important to be safe, but it’s just as important to make sure that you enjoy the time you spend working out; if you’re having fun you’ll be more motivated to continue.
By Evan Mayerhauser.
This work is supported by funding from the Atlantic Health System as part of the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network.
About the Grantee
Our team is made up of members from the Ringwood Health Department, Recreation Department, and Ringwood Board of Education. Our goal is to enhance and promote health and wellness for the residents of Ringwood, New Jersey.