Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Weinstein’s Guide to Working Out

Wellness is keeping yourself healthy. This means eating right and treating your body right. Working out is not only key to physical health but also to mental health.

You will feel better working out and conversely you will feel worse if you don’t work out.

But what is working out? It is critical that you do exercise that you enjoy. Some of my patients love running. Others love tennis or soccer, while some love spin classes.

For aerobic exercise, I personally enjoy using the elliptical. Each of these exercises have different benefits but are primarily aerobic.

Aerobic exercise is anything that gets and maintains your heart rate at 60-85% of its maximum. This maximum is roughly calculated as 220 minus your age.

So if you are 30 years old, you should get your heart rate between 114-162. If you are 50 years old, you need to get your heart rate between 102-145.

Aerobic exercise will improve both your heart and lung functioning. It will allow you to do more activities on a daily basis because your circulation and breathing will improve.

Try and do at least 20 minutes every day and monitor your heart rate.

As you get into better shape you will need to increase the amount of time or resistance you do in these exercises so that you continue to keep your heart rate at the previously discussed goals.

Again, I think the most important way to get active and stay active is to make sure you find an exercise that you like to do.

Try different activities and don’t be afraid to mix it up by doing different exercises and sports.

Have fun working out and I promise you feel better if you are working out.

Dr. Rick Weinstein, MD, MBA is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He is the Director of Orthopedic Surgery at Westchester Health Associates and has subspecialty training in knee and shoulder surgery, including minimally invasive surgery and arthroscopy. Dr. Weinstein is a Board Examiner for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, determining certification for other orthopedic surgeons.