Exercise and Physical Fitness
There are 1,440 minutes in every day. Schedule 30 of them for physical activity!
Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems.
Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week. Examples include walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming for recreation or bicycling. Stretching and weight training can also strengthen your body and improve your fitness level.
The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you’ve been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
January 6, 2012
Healthy Resolutions: Exercise
Want to add years to your life? Make regular, moderate exercise part of your healthy lifestyle routine. Physical activity is good for the body, mind and spirit; helps maintain and improve the health of your heart; reduces the risk of diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s; promotes energy, quality rest and a healthy weight; helps manage unhealthy stress; and can address symptoms of mild to moderate depression.
So why isn’t everyone exercising? People can always find excuses not to exercise, but really – there is no good reason. To reap all of these benefits, all most people need is 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity at least four days a week, including at least two days of strength training and a stretching routine.
It’s simple to begin: rent fitness DVDs, join a gym, make an appointment with a personal trainer, or simply get some friends together for daily walks.
Dr. Weil, Weil Lifestyle, LLC, Weil Foundation.
Exercise and Fitness
Wellness and Lifestyle