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Haven Healthcare: Tips for Starting a Fitness Routine


At Haven Healthcare, the whole-person health of every patient is our priority. We offer a variety of healthcare services for seniors, including Haven Physical Therapy, 417 Home Care, and Haven Hospice.  Wherever you find yourself in the journey to great health, a good fitness routine is an important step. A regular exercise routine is very beneficial for your health, but it is not always easy to stay motivated and stick to your fitness goals. Read on in today’s blog to learn helpful tips from Haven Healthcare for a fitness routine that keeps you healthy and motivated.

#1. Set Realistic Goals 
Before you begin jogging or lifting weights, take some time to carefully assess your fitness level. Make sure your routine will be realistic and safe for your unique health situation. The best thing to do is to consult with a trusted medical professional who knows you well and can design a fitness routine that is a perfect fit for you.
For example, if your goal is to lose a little weight, your doctor can help you set realistic, short-term goals that will help you achieve your target weight in a safe and healthy way. By setting goals that are achievable and comfortable for your fitness level, you are more likely to stay motivated and stick with the plan. 

#2. Create a Balanced Routine 
Incorporate a variety of different types of exercises into your routine to provide a balanced workout that will keep you interested and active.  You may find that a particular exercise is boring or uncomfortable for you, and that’s ok.  Having a fitness plan with a lot of different exercises will keep you going, even when you decide one or two of the exercises are not for you. Incorporate strength training, aerobic exercise, and stretching exercises into your routine for a full spectrum of health benefits. Rest is an important part of a healthy fitness routine, so make sure to include time for rest and recovery. 

#3. Ease Into Exercise 
Even if you are excited to get started with your fitness plan, it is important to ease into the process. In the early stages of your plan, it will be more important to build a habit of working out. Start off slowly with simple exercises that are enjoyable for you, so you will get into the habit of everyday fitness. When you ease into exercise, avoid injury, and stay interested, you will feel better now and over the long-term.

#4. Incorporate an Interest 
Building a good fitness routine begins with the things you already enjoy.  Even things that are not strictly exercise can become an important part of your fitness plan.  Take some time to think about activities that make you feel healthy and happy, and incorporate them into your plan. That may mean cooking a meal with your grandkids, it may mean weeding your garden, or it may mean coaching little league softball. You are more likely to stay motivated if you are excited for your fitness routine, so pick activities that feel good and are good for you.

#5. Contact Haven Healthcare 
No matter what your current fitness level is, the experts at Haven Healthcare will be able to develop a fitness routine that suits your unique health needs. The experts at Haven Healthcare will take the time to learn about your lifestyle, your health, and the things you really enjoy, for a personalized plan you can stick with. Haven Healthcare offers a variety of healthcare services for seniors, so contact us today to discover how we can help! We can be reached on our website or by phone at (417) 731-7094.










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