WHY Physical Activity is such a BIG Deal…
If you want to know why you need to exercise, it’s because regular exercise and physical activity are important to your physical and mental health.. Big, small, fat, skinny, young and old alike. Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent. You are made up of muscle and that muscle needs attention too.
And like everything in life, if something is worth having, it’ll take effort. The bigger the effort, the sweeter the reward. The bigger the reward, the more we are likely to keep doing it. But, the mind rules so you must make exercise a habit by repeating it often enough to become a habit. I’ve heard that 30 days works for most people.
Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce long-term health benefits. That’s why health experts say that adults should be active every day to maintain their health.
In addition, regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that can develop over time. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease or diabetes benefit from regular exercise.
Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty walking.
And, even better – there are many ways to be physically active, there’s virtually no limit. You can be active in short spurts throughout the day, or if you like a schedule in your life, set aside specific times on specific days of the week.
Many physical activities – such as brisk walking, raking leaves or taking the stairs – are free or low cost and don’t require special equipment.
Be creative and check out an exercise video from your local library or setup a fitness center in your home. Be sure to use it though, otherwise it may just collect dust or worse, the clothes you wore today.
In coming weeks we’ll show you many types of exercise and physical activity as well as tips to help you be active in ways that suit your lifestyle, interests, health and budget.
Whether you’re just starting out, getting back into exercising after a break, or fit enough to run a 3-mile race, you’ll want to check with your Doctor before starting an exercise regime.
This is for everyone – people who are healthy and those who live with an ongoing health problem or disability. We promise you’ll be glad you use the time to invest in YOU as you see your mental and physical quality of life improve over time.
Congratulations on taking this important step. We are proud of you!