Beach season is here and it is time to spring up from cuddle season routines.
Colette Cabot, UTRGV assistant director of Fitness and Wellness, provided information on the impact exercise has on one’s health.
A person should exercise at a moderate intensity for 150 minutes a week, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Cabot suggested spreading the 150 minutes throughout the week at intervals of 15 to 30 minutes throughout the day. She recommends walking and recreational bike riding for a low to moderate intensity workout.
For a higher intensity exercise, Cabot suggests resistance and strength training (weightlifting), two to four sets of each exercise of eight to 12 repetitions each.
Incorporating exercise into your daily routine can help:
–boost your energy levels
–build stronger bones, joints and immune system
–improve mood and cognitive performance
–reduce stress and anxiety
–help prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes
The type of workout you choose will depend on your goal and personal preferences. UREC offers group exercise classes, personal training,
fitness certifications, healthy cooking demonstrations and special events.
For more information on services, hours of operation in Edinburg and Brownsville, and exercise class schedule, visit www.utrgv.edu/urec.
Whether you prefer to exercise in a gym, at a park or in your room, these are some essential exercises that target most of your muscles: