What is free, has an immediate and long term impact on mood and health and does not need a doctor’s prescription? It can also add years to your life and make you look and feel younger… Have you guessed it yet?
Exercise! Indeed, scientists are learning that exercise is, actually, medicine. There is no pill that comes close to what exercise can do. You probably already have a vague sense that exercise is good for you. You’ve probably heard that it’s “healthy for the heart.” But if you’re like most people, that’s not enough motivation to get you to break a sweat with any regularity. After all, while exercise may contribute to a more toned body, we all know exercise alone is not enough to make you lose weight… You do need to eat right. So for some of us, exercising has lost its appeal, and we need reminding of the huge positive impact it can have on our life. So here is your reminder… Physical activity has so many clear benefits that it “Just Makes Sense”! Live longer…. Researchers have confirmed that exercise makes you live longer. And you don’t need to exercise daily to gain those benefits! People who said they exercised only one or two days a week lowered their risk of dying early from any cause by 30% to 34%, compared to people who were inactive. But what was more remarkable was that people who exercised most days of the week lowered their risk by 35%: not very different from those who exercised less. The findings support the idea that some physical activity, even if it’s less than what the guidelines prescribe, helps avoid premature death.
Researchers saw benefits for people who squeezed the entire recommended 150 minutes per week into one or two days, as well as for people who didn’t quite meet that threshold and exercised less. A myriad of health benefits… According to an article in the CDC, physical activity is one of the most important things that you can do for your health because it helps: Control your weight Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome Reduce your risk of some cancers Strengthen your bones and muscles Improve your mental health and mood Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult Increase your chances of living longer Now it becomes clearer that you can’t afford NOT to spend some time and energy exercising.
By simply incorporating a minimum of 30 mins of exercise to your daily routine (or a cumulative 150 minutes a week), you can change your life forever and improve the overall quality of it. Make a decision today to just get moving!