Add fitness to your new routine as school year gets under way

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A new school year means new routines for many. 

With shifting life schedules during this super busy time, this might be the perfect time to squeeze exercising into your new routine while the kids are at school, or for teachers, add it in as an after-school healthy habit.

Most people workout to stay fit, but exercising provides many health benefits beyond weight management and a toned body.

It can help with managing stress, boosting energy and improving moods.

In addition, exercise has been proven to help you get a better night’s sleep.

All of these benefits are important components for living a balanced, happy life and should be reasons for re-evaluating your schedule to incorporate more movement. 

Jim McCormick is the owner of Cocoa Beach Health and Fitness Center.

There are an infinite number of ways to get going, including walking, dancing, and playing sports.

Even “homework” like mowing the yard counts as a beneficial activity.

If you haven’t exercised in a while, be sure to take it slow and give your body a chance to acclimate to the change.

If you’re an older beginner, it’s a good idea to get clearance from your doctor and know your limitations before you get started.

Here are some common types of exercise.

Cardiovascular activity

The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise, four to five days per week to reap health rewards.