How do you make your life better? How do you feel good today and most days? Do you want to feel happier? At any age? It’s no secret!! You’ve heard us tout the benefits of healthy breathing for physical, mental, and even spiritual health many times. And all of this is true. Now the next step is literally taking the next step and another step, and another, and another, and many more happy, healthy steps. The key here is to get moving every day!!!
That’s right! Get up and get going! Here are the benefits of regular physical activity (according to the Cooper Institute in Dallas, TX):
- Better weight control
- More energy
- Brighter mental outlook
- Increased self-esteem
- Reduced risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes
- Reduced risk of colon cancer
- Less chance of colds and flu
- Healthy and strong bones, joints, and muscles
- Staying fit and flexible
- Living a healthier and longer independent life
Sound good? Sure it does. Let’s face it, if a pill could offer so many benefits, we’d all want to take it!! But you don’t need a pill and for the most part getting moving every day doesn’t cost anything!!
So here is the recommendation for getting moving that Suzanne and I use. To achieve and maintain the above benefits get moving a minimum of 30 minutes a day most days of the week. Walking is a GREAT way to move, any activity that gets the joints and muscles contracting is just as good. How about dancing!? And the activity doesn’t even have to be in one big lump of time. Ten minutes of moving 3 times a day is just as good as moving for 30 minutes at one time.
For more up-to-date accurate info check out The Cooper Institute Blog at http://blog.standupandeat.org/category/Active-Living.aspx . And get moving every day!!
From: Steve Kilkus