Physical inactivity in the United States averages at 23.8% as of 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, Colorado holds the top position for the healthiest state, with a 16.4% physical inactivity rate. The Lonestar State sits 34 spots behind Colorado.
In just one year, Texas has gone from 32.1% of residents with no physical activity to 25.6%. While this is an impressive leap, let’s see if Texas can get even more active and move up in the ranks in 2020. Here’s how Texas residents can get active in the Lonestar State.
Join a local gym
Texas is filled with thousands of gyms. From small, local gyms to major national franchises, there’s a perfect type for everyone. After residents pick the gym that’s just right for them, they should research the fitness classes the gym has available.
Group fitness classes are a great way to stay active while hanging out with friends or even making new ones. Generally, bigger gyms offer a variety of fitness classes for all activity levels. Texas residents should find a class that practices their favorite kind of exercise with a group of people they can relate to.
Be aware of the Texas heat
As any resident knows, the Texas heat can be draining. Although the usual sunny, warm days in Texas make beautiful scenery for exercising outside, residents should be aware of overheating and excessive sun exposure.
You can reduce the chances of dehydration and heat exhaustion by drinking the recommended daily intake of water each day. Also, if you’re planning on exercising outdoors, remember to bring a bottle of water.
Don’t forget your sunscreen if you’re exercising outdoors!
A tip for the seniors
While it’s important for seniors to stay active in retirement, it can be difficult for them to find an exercise that’s both safe and effective. Silver Sneakers is a program that connects seniors to local fitness groups. This program is a great way to find activities designed for mature bodies. Silver Sneakers senior classes can be found at gyms, community centers, parks, and churches. There are over 170 Silver Sneakers classes in Fort Worth, Texas, alone. Seniors can purchase memberships through Silver Sneakers directly, or through a qualified Medicare Advantage plan.
Purchase a multi-use exercise machine
Another way to stay active and avoid the Texas heat is by purchasing a multi-use exercise machine. A 3-in-1 exercise machine can be the perfect addition to anyone’s exercise routine. If you buy an exercise machine, it’s convenient to get your daily exercise even if you don’t feel like leaving home for a trip to the gym.
Many multi-use exercise machines combine ways to work out the whole body—you can walk, jog, use the stepper or even climb. Turn on your favorite TV show or plug in your headphones and work up a sweat.
Daily exercise is important for everyone and if you live in Texas, you can exercise outdoors practically all year-round. Find some great walking or bike trails, join a gym, take a class—whatever you enjoy that keeps you moving.