Three Exercises to Get Moving

Keep your resolutions with a new exercise routine

A Veteran swimming laps in a poolExercise is important to keep you healthy. It supports your heart, helps you sleep at night, and can even improve your mood. It can be hard to know where to start when looking for a new exercise routine. These long winter months are the perfect time to get moving.

We have three ways to help you get moving this winter:

  1. Start and end your day with movement. This could include two exercises and one stretch. For example, try: Side Steps, Abdominal Lift with Marching, and Overhead Neck and Arm Stretch to add activity to your day.

  2. Take advantage of any warmer days by going for a walk outside. Walk around your neighborhood or local park. Even if the sky is gray, don't forget your sunscreen. UV light can pass through clouds even when visible light doesn't.

  3. On cold days, try aquatic exercise at an indoor pool. Deep water walking, swimming, or water aerobics are good for your heart and gentle on your joints.

Make your movement safe

When you begin any exercise, it’s important to move safely. Little things can add up to safe exercise:

  • Always listen to your body and make sure you don’t overdo it.

  • Wear shoes that fit well and offer good arch support. This helps prevent stress on your feet and knees.

  • Take time to warm up and cool down. An intense workout can lead to injury if your body isn’t ready.

  • Stay hydrated. Thirst isn't as obvious in the winter. Drink plenty of liquids before, during, and after your workout.

Track your fitness journey

Keep track of your routines using My HealtheVet’s Activity Journal. Always update your doctor about your routine so they can best guide you. If you have questions or experience any pain while exercising, send your doctor a Secure Message.

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Created on July 5, 2022