Making Fitness Goals a Reality in the New Year 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 

Happy New Year! Did you make a resolution to get fit? If so, you’re not alone. Improving physical fitness is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. And for many good reasons. Regular exercise can decrease the risk for heart disease and stroke, lower bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reduce the chance of developing high blood pressure, help lose weight, and build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints.

Getting started with an exercise program begins with setting your exercise goal and talking to your doctor about your fitness plans. Do you want to lose weight, get in better shape, or reduce your risk for heart disease? Once you have determined that, your next step involves choosing the types of exercise that will meet your goals. If you want to build strong bones to fight osteoporosis, weight-bearing exercise such as walking may be a good choice. Ultimately, the most effective fitness program involves exercises that you enjoy so it will be easier to commit to a regular exercise routine. And remember to pick a time of day that works with your schedule. By making exercise a priority, you will be more likely to keep going.

But sometimes even the best-laid plans need to be adjusted. You may have started out the year with the best intentions only to be sidelined by an unexpected injury. Don’t let that stop you. Before you hang up your walking shoes and cancel that gym membership, contact Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s Therapy and Rehabilitation Center for a complimentary sports injury assessment by highly trained therapists. After the initial assessment, recommendations are provided regarding treatment. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a free assessment, call 281-897-3590.

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