Want to know the # 1 secret to living a longer and healthier life? It’s all about staying physically active and keeping your body moving. The more you move the more you slow down the aging process and the healthier you will become.
Many of us are so busy that fitting in physical activity can seem impossible on most days. Only 5% of Americans perform vigorous activities on a given day. But sedentary activities such as watching TV and movies were carried out daily by at least 80% of Americans. Researchers found that sedentary activities dominated people’s time, followed by moderate and then vigorous levels of activity.
Want to increase your success to be more physically active? Think more about the word “activity” and less about “exercise”. Some people associate exercise with dragging themselves to a gym, working out and then quitting not long after they have started. Movement is movement so pick an activity that you like and will stick with. See my top 10 list for some ideas of simple activities you can add into your life every day.
Top 10 List: Physical Activities to Keep You Moving…
How Often to Keep Moving…
- Stretch every morning for 10 minutes. Include yoga poses with your stretching.
- Cardio exercise for 30 minutes every day no excuses.
- Strength train for strong bones and muscles two to three times a week
Top 10 List: Keep Moving can…
- Prevent migraines
- Lower blood pressure and stroke risk
- Reduce breast cancer risk
- Maintain bone mass
- Boost your mood and ease depression
- Slow the aging process
- Sharpen your mind and memory
- Reduce neck and back pain
- Lower cholesterol and heart risk
- Maintain your balance
Get started today making small changes towards being more active every day. My favorite activities are; golf, walking, gardening and Zumba. What physical activity will you start and commit to?
Here’s a list of resources, all worth checking out.
Zumba Fitness with J Mac is a FUN way to get in shape! Join Jessica MacAuley, Co-Owner of Paramount Ballroom Company in Overland Park, Kansas for Zumba each week. Call for class schedules 913-951-9890
My Fitness Pal Free Diet and Fitness Community with smart phone app. Use to track your meals and exercise calories burned plus other cool tools.
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Cheers to a Healthy Day!
Lou Ann Donovan