Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday #35- Go Exercise!

Make Today Matter...
  • More than 50% of adults do not get enough physical activity and 24% are not physically active at all.
  • 1 death occurs every 36 seconds from heart disease and strokes.
  • Over 18% of children and 66% of adults are overweight, with 32,9% being obese.
  • Over 100 million adults have above normal or high cholesterol levels.
  • Roughly 20 million people have depressive disorders.
  • 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure.
Take action today!
  1. Set a goal for yourself. Think about what types of benefits you want to achieve. Weight loss? Increased muscle mass? Improved general health?
  2. Figure out what type of exercise you like most and best suits your desired goal.
  3. Create a plan. Start with 3 days a week, 30 minutes a day. Try to build up to 4 or 5 days a week, 45 minutes per day.
  4. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercising.
  5. Don't buy into excuses like "I don't have enough time" and "I can't afford a gym membership."
  6. Incorporate exercise into your workday by taking the stairs, walking during your lunch break, and stretching while at your desk.
  7. Always consult your physician or exercise specialist for safety and guidance.
You matter!
Do you really want to have heart disease, high blood pressure, a stroke, lung disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, depression, arthritis, or unwanted pounds?

If not, start incorporating regular physical activity into your day. By doing so, you'll increase your overall health, well-being, and quality of life. Physical activity does not need to be painful in order to be beneficial, so make it happen!

(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)

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