North Georgia Spinal Care
Fitting Activity Into Your Day

by Rob Buchkowski, D.C

Too busy to exercise?  Work, school, family, pets...the list of responsibilities can go on and on.  All too often, taking care of yourself falls to the bottom of the list.  At a glance, the current recommendations for physical activity for adults can seem impossible to fit into today's busy schedule.  Two and a half hours a week of moderate-intensity physical activity may sound like a lot, but if you break it up into a short 20-minute session each day of the week, it doesn't seem so hard to fit in.

In less time than it takes to watch a sitcom you can lower your risk of: early death, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, an adverse blood lipid profile, metabolic syndrome, and colon and breast cancers.  Additionally, this amount of regular exercise can prevent weight gain, result in weight loss when combined with diet, improve cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness, as well as help prevent falls and reduce depression.

If that isn't incentive enough, regular exercise can help you feel better overall and have more stamina to do the things you enjoy, like play with your children and pets, or keep up with your friends and family.  Even activities such as housework, gardening, yard work, walking at the mall, playing with children and washing your car can contribute to improving your health through movement.

Forming a walking group with friends, family, or co-workers is a great way to make time for safe and effective exercise.  All you need to get started are some comfortable shoes and clothes, a safe place to walk, and a few extra minutes for warm-ups and cool down stretches.

Choosing to be healthier each day is easier than you think.  Start with 20 minutes a day of a simple activity like walking and see how much better you can feel!

For more information on the US recommended guidelines for physical activity, check out the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.

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