Wondering what you can do to foster wellness? Chances are if you get moving, you’ll enjoy better health. Numerous studies have proven a link between regular exercise and an array of health benefits. Perks can include living longer, improved mental health, a decrease in back troubles and blood pressure, as well as a lower risk of diseases including osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate intensity aerobic exercise every week, along with doing muscle-strengthening activities 2 or more days a week.
• How does it work? Regular exercise helps control weight, stimulate endorphins, deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues of the body, build muscle, promote quality sleep and more.
• What to do? The goals of exercise are to raise your heart rate and burn calories; and in addition strive to build muscle and increase your strength, endurance and flexibility. With that in mind, broaden your definition of exercise, and do something you enjoy. Aside from activities such as running, bicycling and swimming, consider yoga, Pilates, dancing, water aerobics, golf and more.
• How to start? You might start simply by walking. Gradually increase duration and intensity. Or consider working with a personal trainer for individualized attention and guidance.
• How to stick with it? Tricks that can help prevent you from becoming bored or loosing motivation include taking up a new activity every couple of months, exercising with a friend or joining an exercise club, or training for a race or fitness event.
To learn more about the health benefits associated with exercising, or to schedule an appointment to get a doctor’s advice on beginning a fitness program, call Central Florida Regional Hospital’s free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-800-445-3392.