Fitting In Fitness
According to the American Heart Association physical inactivity is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Each year more 250,000 deaths in the United States are attributed to the lack of regular exercise.
You know you should be more physically active. You even want to. But where will you find the time? And just how active do you have to be?
It seems there is hardly any time to do the things you need to do these days. You wake up, rush the kids off, and then you’re off whizzing around the corner to work. Eight hours, later pick-up the kid, baseball, soccer, bible study, and a quick stop by the grocery store…. will you ever find the time for fitness.
The good news is that you can help reduce your risk of heart disease simply by filling your day with short bursts of physical activity. Walking the dog, gardening, shopping, cleaning the house can actually improve your overall fitness and give you some of the health benefits of regular exercise. These and many other activities can help improve your overall fitness.
Recent research revealed that people who are moderately active on a regular basis can reap some of the benefits of a more vigorous level of physical activity. The studies suggest that just being more active can help you feel better and look better as well as reduce your risk of heart disease. The more physically active you are the more benefits you receive.
Best of all, research shows that you don’t have to complete all of your physical activity at one time. Instead of taking a one thirty-minute walk a day, you can still get the benefits if you split your walk into several shorter segments. If you are just beginning, your goal should be to accumulate thirty minutes or more of moderate activity each day on most days of the week. If you have been inactive start slowly. Aim for segments of at least ten minutes of activity, if you segment your regiment. Simply fit these short segments of activities into current lifestyle. For cardiovascular fitness, aim for a total of thirty to sixty minutes of vigorous physical activity each day, three or four days a week. Your main goal is to get some activity in. Be creative do something, some activity is better than none at all.
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Source: “Fitting in Fitness,” American Heart Association