I am excited to be increasing my fitness this year. I have always loved to be physically active. With middle age, I am struggling with increased weight and fatigue. Along with eating better and getting more rest, I am working on improving my fitness in some specific ways. First, I am working to increase my cardiovascular fitness. I do this through several activities that I enjoy. My favorite activity is hiking in the beautiful desert mountains near our home. These last few months, I have attempted to go on at least two hikes a month or at least four hours of hiking a month. I also run outdoors once or twice a week, and go to the gym to use the elliptical machine or stationary bike. I would like to add swimming to my cardiovascular fitness plan in the future.
I know that cardiovascular fitness is only one part of my overall fitness. I will also be adding strength workouts and flexibility workouts to my fitness plan. At the gym, I have learned to do a three day approach to strength training. I will focus on back and bicep muscles on one day, the chest and triceps muscles on another day, and my legs and core on a third day. Adding yoga to the mix can increase my flexibility and add more strength to my core. I am excited to bring all these elements together to improve my fitness this year.