KEEP PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
Our bodies were designed to “move”, so regular physical activity is essential for reaching and maintaining optimal health. Exercise burns calories and can also help you build muscle and lose body fat. The best exercise routine is the one you will do! So, find one that you enjoy and will turn into a habit. We need to do aerobic exercise for the heart and lungs, and to raise our metabolism (for many hours after we stop!); we also must work our upper body muscles and stretch to maintain flexibility, muscle strength and bone density. Visit your local YMCA or other club for a session with a personal trainer who will advise on simple, safe stretching and exercises you can do at home or on the road (not necessarily in the gym).
Having more muscle means you’ll burn more calories, even at rest.
Being active may also reduce the urge to eat, and since it helps relieve stress, may help keep stress-related eating under control.
Regular physical activity is as important for good health as it is for weight loss and maintenance. Studies show that exercise helps reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. It can lower blood pressure and boost the immune system. Being active can also increase your energy level, help you sleep better, improve your mood and self-esteem, and just plain help you feel better.
Think of physical activity as a normal part of healthy living, like brushing your teeth or washing your face. If you’re not used to being active, start with 10 minutes a day of an activity you enjoy and gradually work your way up. Aim for 30-45 minutes of brisk walking or similar activity 4-5 days a week – you should be breathing hard, but able to talk with your walking partner. Remember, any activity is better than none. Even if you have a few spare minutes, spend them moving. Riding a bicycle for an hour — so you are breathing hard — would be a good alternative.
Be sure to check with your doctor before starting to exercise or when increasing your physical activity. Leading by example will also encourage your children to exercise more, preferably as they play.
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Diet and exercise can help reduce the risk of diseases like heart disease and stroke, diabetes and cancer. Learn why eating fruits and vegetables is especially important, and how you can benefit from adding Juice Plus+ to your diet.
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