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Do you REALLY know why exercise is so important?
If exercise were a drug, everyone would be taking it because it treats practically everything and prolongs the quality and quantity of life. Sadly, because it isn't as simple as popping a pill, most of the population doesn't reap the benefits of this fountain of youth.
More than 60% of adults and nearly half of the young population 12-21 years are not regularly active, and 25% are not active at all. Physical inactivity poses a major public health concern for reducing unnecessary illness and premature death.
It's almost impossible to list all of the benefits of exercise, especially since new studies keep showing more benefits, but I'll try to list most of them:
I think everyone knows exercise makes you healthier right? Here are the best tips for making it part of your life:
- Schedule it into your day like an appointment.
Trying to "fit it in" to an already overbooked schedule will never work. The schedule will always win. You MUST schedule it as an un-breakable appointment.
- Schedule it during another activity.
It doesn't have to be consecutive minutes. Walk around the block while you're waiting for your kids at one of their activities. Park 10 minutes away from work. Take the stairs. Do 10 pushups while supper is cooking... Have a critical look at your schedule and be creative
- Make a commitment with a friend.
If you need to make an excuse to someone you're much less likely to cancel. Can't find someone willing to commit with you? Make a commitment to a neighbor that you'll walk their dog 3 times a week.
- Choose something you enjoy doing.
Nothing will de-rail a workout program faster than feeling like it's work. A workout program doesn't have to mean an exercise class or the gym. Join a team, go dancing, play one of those new active video games, play with your kids...
So if your New Year's resolution of being healthier in 2011 has already fallen by the wayside, make a commitment now to try again.
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Good Health to You,
Kristy Russ, BScPharm
Pharmacist and Health Consultant
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