With 60% of the population being overweight or obese, and a lack of physical activity, our nation’s health care costs continue to skyrocket while our health plummets. A sedentary lifestyle is one of the top risk factors for heart disease, the number one killer of Americans. But just like you can make changes to your diet, you can decide to start being more active each day & reduce your risk of heart disease! Physical activity on a regular basis will help you:
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve circulation and strengthen your heart
- Have more energy throughout the day
- Feel more fit and healthy (who doesn’t want to feel that?)
- Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression
- Improve sleep
When I read about the benefits of exercise, I honestly get excited because I want everyone to feel those benefits, rather than suffer from chronic fatigue, sleepless nights, and high blood pressure.
Exercise does not mean you have to go to a gym and run on a treadmill (unless that’s what you prefer!). You can squeeze in physical activity at any time during the day and it should be something you enjoy. It’s important you enjoy it so you continue to do it. Aim for 20-30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days a week. Here are some easy ways to add physical activity to your day:
- Take a 10-15 minute walk after a meal (bring the family/friends along!)
- Find group exercise classes if you don’t enjoy working out alone or need some structure & guidance (I really enjoy BarreAmped)
- Take the stairs when possible
- Download exercise videos to your computer for instant access anytime—some are even free! (check out YogaDownload.com)
- Bust a move! Just dance whenever you feel like it, its fun!
- While watching TV, do some simple stretches
Now, let’s move! (As I finish writing this, I’m headed out for a walk in the beautiful sunshine!)