Take advantage of the warm weather this summer and get moving. Choosing to be physically active is one lifestyle choice you can make that will significantly impact your health. Our bodies were meant to move, and the health benefits we get from being physically active are proof.
Did you know that regular physical activity can help you sleep better, keep your thinking and judgment skills sharp, and reduce your risk of depression and anxiety? Being physically active also helps you manage your weight and reduces your risk of heart disease and related risk factors like obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
All adults should aim to be physically active for 150 minutes every week. For example, you can improve your health by doing moderate to vigorous exercise for 25 minutes every day of the week. However, you will see health benefits with any physical activity, so start where you are and build up your time. Keep yourself motivated by following these steps:
- Choose activities you enjoy. You don’t have to be an athlete or go for long runs. You can achieve health benefits simply by going on a brisk walk. If you aren’t used to being physically active, this is a great place to start.
- Find pockets of time throughout your day to be active. You don’t need an extra hour or two and a gym membership to be active. Wake up a few minutes early to get in a quick 15-minute walk or workout, take a brisk walk on your lunch break, or take a family walk or bike ride after dinner. Think about the sedentary activities you do during the day and replace them with something more active. Once you have identified the best times for you to be physically active throughout your day, set aside that time and make it part of your daily routine.
- Stay motivated. If you have a hard time being active choose an activity to do with a friend or family member. Make a plan and stick to it!
According to Robert Butler from the National Institute on Aging. “If exercise could be packaged in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.”
So, if you want to improve your health and well-being, get moving today!