How to Enhance Your Exercise Routine

As Self Improvement Month comes to a close, we wanted to share some exercise tips that you can utilize not just this month, but every month. It is never too late to start implementing healthier habits.

Exercise With a Friend

Keep yourself accountable by exercising with a friend (socially distanced of course). By working out with a partner, it allows you to get your workout in and catch up with a friend simultaneously. With two people, there’s more accountability and motivation.

Explore Workout Videos

Although gym classes may not be available at this time, it doesn’t mean you can’t continue to do your kickboxing, pilates or Zumba workouts. Browse online for free exercise classes whether they are through your gym or on YouTube. You have a variety of resources to choose from.  Also, there are many Instagram fitness influencers that have created their own circuits to try!  There’s no shortage of workout content online.

Commit to 30 minutes

We recommend getting at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. When you exercise, your body  releases endorphins.  These pack a punch of posivisity, which can lift your spirit and help you keep to your video goals. 

Carve out thirty minutes in your day to take a walk into your neighborhood, and add extra exercise to the activities you already do such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or riding your bike to work occasionally.

Binge Your Way to Success

No.  We aren’t talking about all-you-can-eat!

Your favorite series can be your workout partner when you are alone.  Get on an elliptical, treadmill, or spin bike and open up Netflix or your other streaming service and watch some of your favorites.

You’ve never seen 30 minutes go faster than watching an episode of Friends, The Office, Seinfeld or more.  Just remember; without commercials, a typical TV show is about 21-22 minutes.  

Don’t cheat that workout!

For a bigger challenge, pick a longer show.  You can really burn those calories by rewatching episodes of Game of Thrones, The Amazing Race, or The West Wing!

Stretch Before and After

Stretching is a great way to warm up and close down your workout. It not only relaxes your muscles, but it also helps relieve stress. Even if you think you don’t need to stretch, it doesn’t matter how old you are, it is necessary to ensure that your muscles are ready and do not get strained.

Contact South Coast Medical if You’re Feeling Sick

Wellness is a year-round mission.

We want to make sure your health is optimized at all times.  We also want to be mindful that COVID-19 still has a presence here in Southern California.

If you are not feeling well and would like to receive the COVID-19 antibody test, please call us at (949) 360-1069 to schedule an appointment. 

If you would like to set up an in-person or telemedicine visit, our hours of operation are: 

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. We are located in Aliso Viejo, California, and we offer a wide range of services such as urgent and primary care, sports medicine, and x-rays. If you need help with any of these services, please contact us at (949) 389- 8968. We appreciate the trust our patients have in us and look forward to being of service to you.