Tell you how to keep healthy bodyDo you exercise every day? If you want to live a long, healthy
Do you exercise every day? If you want to live a long, healthy
A recent study by Timothy Wessel, a physician at the University
of Florida, indicates one of the strongest risk factors for
developing heart disease is inactivity '' even more so than being
overweight. During the four-year study of 906 women, Dr. Wessel
documented those who were moderately active were less likely to
develop heart disease than sedentary women, no matter how much
they weighed. The study concluded: ''These results suggest that
fitness may be more important than overweight or obesity for
In January, the updated U.S. Dietary Guidelines strongly urged
that everyone should take part in ''at least 30 minutes of
moderate-intensity physical activity'' on most days, above
whatever activities they do at home or work. To loose weight or
to avoid gaining weight as we age, 60 minutes of daily moderate
to vigorous exercise is recommended. And those who have already
lost weight and are attempting to keep weight off need 60 to 90
A study of 9,611 adults by the University of Michigan Health
System, found that people in their 50s and 60s who participated
in daily exercise were 35 percent less likely to die within the
next eight years than their inactive couch potato counter parts.
Convinced that it''s time to add exercise to your day?
The Basics -- Make Exercise a Life Priority:
- If you''re not use to exercising, check with your doctor before
- Start slow. If 30 minutes of exercise is too much, start with
15 minutes and add a few minutes each day.
- If you don''t have time for 60 minutes of exercise, break it up
into two 30-minute sessions throughout the day.
- Schedule a specific time to exercise everyday '' then keep to
- Take part in more intense activities that can improve your
heart health, such as: running, dancing, swimming, cycling, and
- Find exercise that you enjoy. You will be more likely to
continue and improve your daily performance if you look forward
- Wear proper clothing and footwear. This has two functions.
Clothing and shoes that are suited to your activity will enhance
performance and offer the right kind of support for your body
and feet. They will also place you in a better frame of mind for
exercise. When you wear your favorite running outfit and slide
into your special running shoes, your mind says ''it''s time to
get out the door and put my feet in motion!''
- Add everyday activities to increase your overall fitness
level, such as gardening, housework, walking to the store, take
the stairs instead of the elevator, and raking leaves.
- If you feel discomfort or pain after an activity, use ice
therapy immediately to reduce swelling and numb pain. Always
have a cold pack in your freezer, ready and waiting. Most aches
and pains attributed to exercise respond well to icing and will
melt away within 24 hours after applying ice for several
20-minute sessions. Using cold therapy reduces down time,
getting you back on schedule fast. (If the pain does not lessen
within 48 hours after using ice therapy, is intense or becomes
Exercise every day''take care of your heart''live long!
Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for
professional medical treatment or consultation. Always consult
with your physician in the event of a serious injury
About the Author: Louise Roach: health and fitness editor,
marketing specialist, product development consultant. Helps
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