Taken from the book Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza
-More than 50% of adults do NOT get enought physical activity and 24% are not physically active at all.
1. Set a goal for yourself. Think about what types of benefits you want to achieve. Weight loss? Increased muscle mass? Improved general health?
2. Figure out what type of exercise you like most and best suits your desired goal.
3. Create a plan. Start with 3 days a week, 30 minutes a day. Try to build up to 4 or 5 days a week, 45 minutes per day.
4. Drink plenty of water before, during, and afgter exercising.
5. Don't buy into excuses like "I don't have enough time" and "I can't afford a gym membership".
6. Incorporate exercise into your workday by taking the stairs, walking during your lunch break, and stretching while at your desk.
7. Always consult your physician or exercise specialist for safety and guidance.
A few months ago I went to have a "Heart to Heart" screening that our hospital women's center offered. It did lab tests as well as had interview/questionaires to check my lifestyle. I knew going in that I could definately stand to lose a few pounds, but wasn't expecting to hear that my bad cholesterol is a little high and my good cholesterol is a little low. So, I have been trying to add more fruit and vegetables to my diet and have continued my walk routine. My friend, Mary and I walk nearly every day for 2 miles around town. We hold eachother accountable and enjoy our walks so much, they just fly by. I think another important part of exercise is having someone hold you accountable. Whether it is a friend, a spouse, your kids or the cost of a gym membership held over your head, knowing that someone else is counting on you to exercise makes sure that you get it done! I am hoping when I go back in October for my recheck that my numbers are more inline!
Exercise helps prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, lung disease,diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, depression, arthritis, and unwanted pounds. Start slowly and incorporate exercise gradually into your daily routine today!