How Effective Is Your Workout?

Lois Moncel, Director of Fitness & Wellness

When was the last time you looked at your workout? In other words, when did you last evaluate your workout to see how effective it really is? How long have you been doing the same type of workout? Does your workout consist of just cardio, like walking? Maybe you are a sport enthusiast and play a particular sport as your workout. Do you realize that by doing the same type of workout time after time your body will cease to make changes? Unless you are continuously evaluating your workout you will most likely stop seeing any changes to your body.

In order to address areas that are vital to everyday functioning later in life, the following types of programming should be included in your workout.

1. Dynamic balance conditioning (balancing while moving)

2. Muscle power (Standing up from a seated position, climbing stairs, or even catching yourself if you start to lose balance—require power.)

3. Agility (Your ability to react quickly on your feet is key to a life without trips and falls.)

4. Core stability (“Our core is literally the center part of our body that produces all of the movement that we do,” says SilverSneakers fitness expert David Jack. A strong core also provides stability, which helps you stay steady on your feet and avoid falls.)

5. Multi-directional whole body strengthening and endurance. Activities of daily living require movement in all directions. Sports demand movement in all directions. The human body is designed to move in all directions.

As you can see, it may be time to take another look at your exercise program and see how effective it really is. If you have questions feel free to contact Lois Moncel, Director of Fitness & Wellness, at [email protected].