Monday, November 23, 2015

Physical activity can do wonders for your health. It reduces risk for illness and disease, improves balance, strengthens bones, aids in weight loss, boosts self-esteem, and relieves stress.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends about 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week, along with strength training exercises at least twice a week.

Examples of aerobic exercise are walking, jogging, swimming, biking, and dancing. There are several different options for strength training exercises. Examples are push-ups, squats, sit-ups, and lunges. Strength training can be done using body weight or equipment such as resistance tubes and free weights.

While the many benefits of physical activity are well-known, it can still be difficult to incorporate it into daily life. It is important to start small and pace yourself. By doing so you will be more likely to stick with it, as well as avoid injury. Think about what you like and dislike about physical activity. Being active does not have to be boring; it should be something that is fun and enjoyable. If you dislike going to the gym, find a fun exercise routine to do in your own home, go hiking, or play an outdoor sport. The possibilities are endless. If you choose activities you enjoy you can make physical activity a lifetime habit and improve your health.

From: Mayo Clinic Health System Health Note
Amy Every
Senior Communication Consultant
Marketing Communications
Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare
700 West Avenue South
La Crosse, WI 54601

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