One of the best things about retirement in Florida is that you have plenty of time to do what you want. But even if you don’t want to spend a lot of time exercising, you can still get some significant health benefits from daily mini workouts.
Research shows that short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by short rest periods can have some remarkable physical and mental benefits. It may not be comfortable, especially at first, but proponents insist it’s worth it. If you want to get the most out of retirement in Florida, you may want to give this approach to fitness some consideration.
Benefits include a healthier heart that helps prevent heart attacks and strokes; lower blood pressure; increased energy; reduced risk of diabetes; and lower body fat.
Also known as high-intensity interval training (HIIT), the idea is to push hard and get yourself out of your comfort zone for a brief period, perhaps just a minute, then back off and rest. You’ll see benefits from as few as three workouts a week. You can do this running outdoors or on a treadmill, riding a bicycle outdoors or a stationary machine in a fitness center (such as Lake Ashton’s facility), using other fitness equipment or doing other types of exercise routines.
Of course, follow all the appropriate safety recommendations. Wear appropriate clothing and stay hydrated (drink plenty of water). Be sure someone knows where you are and that you have a way to call for help should you need it. And, as is always suggested, check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen.