Regular exercise is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. If you have been ill or injured, exercise rebuilds strength and function. If you are already healthy, exercise can help you stay that way.
Would you like to learn more about exercise alternatives in the Sacramento region? If so, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health and schedule a consultation with one of our experienced women’s health specialists today. Our highly trained team is committed to your overall well-being and happy to help you find an exercise routine that works for your unique health needs — at any age or stage of life.
Why Exercise is Important for Women
Regular exercise helps both men and women maintain or lose weight, reduce the risk of heart disease, and increase energy, among other benefits. However, a few factors make exercise particularly important for women. Women, especially after menopause, are at higher risk of developing osteoporosis than men. Weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, weight training, and dancing, helps build up and maintain bone strength in women.
Women are also at higher risk of developing heart disease after menopause. Any type of aerobic exercise, which makes the heart pump faster, can help keep your heart healthy.
Exercise during pregnancy can help your body build strength and adapt to the extra weight from the baby. It can improve blood flow, prevent constipation, and reduce swelling. It may also help make delivering the baby easier.
Types of Exercises for Women
There are many types of exercises you can choose from to stay physically active. Exercise does not necessarily just mean going to the gym. You can find hobbies or activities that are healthy and fun at the same time.
Consider some of these exercise alternatives:
- Playing tennis
- Zumba classes
- Step classes
- Yoga (alone or in a class)
- Weight lifting
Getting Started With Exercise at Dignity Health
If you have not been exercising, speak with a trusted doctor at Dignity Health before starting. If you have any health issues, your provider may advise you to avoid certain types of exercise. If you are pregnant, check with your obstetrician or midwife to see what activities you may do and which ones you should stay away from, if any.
If you plan on working out at a gym, see if a personal trainer can work with you for at least one session, to ensure that you are exercising correctly and lessen the risk of hurting yourself. Not everyone enjoys the same type of exercise, so don’t get discouraged if you try something that is not the right fit. Keep trying — alone or, even better, with a friend — until you find something that works for you. Specialists at Dignity Health offer complete women’s health services, including counseling for women on exercise alternatives in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas.