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IVGID tip: How to get the most out of your exercise routine

Get the most out of your exercise routine by following these simple tips supplied by Pandora Bahlman, Fitness, Health & Wellness Manager at the Incline Village Recreation Center, pictured here, center.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tip of the week” is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.

Here are some simple, effective ways to make sure that you are getting the most out of the time you spend working out.

• Shoes. Just like tires on a car, our shoes need to be replaced every so often. We don’t have odometers to go by, but a rough estimate of somewhere between 250 and 500 miles is a good time to look at replacing your footwear.

• Exercise does not need to be high impact to be effective. For example, if running bothers you, try climbing stairs instead as a low-impact alternative. Not just at the gym either, if stairs are an option instead of an elevator, take them.

• Choose exercises you like doing! It sounds simple, but you tend to stick with a fitness regimen when you enjoy it.

• Strive to include total body workouts. These include cardiovascular exercises, strength training, core training and stretching.

• Measure your exercise intensity by monitoring your heart rate. There are many different models of Heart Rate monitors on the market and they can be very affordable.

• If you are working out indoors on cardio equipment like a StairMaster or treadmill, do not lean heavily on the handrails. This will reduce the amount of calories you burn and distract from your workout.

For more information on exercise and workout tips, please contact the Incline Village Recreation Center at 775-832-1310 and schedule an appointment with one of our friendly personal trainers.

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