Physical Fitness

There are many benefits to adding physical activity/exercise into your daily life. Benefits include:
  • Reducing the risk of many chronic diseases such as
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Osteoporosis
    • Certain cancers
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Strengthening bones and muscles
  • Improving your mood
Physical activity can be added to your daily routine through lifestyle changes or purposeful routine exercises. If you are looking to make a lifestyle change, here are few ideas:
  • Park your car farther away, so you have to walk more to get to your destination.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Walk or bike to work, the grocery store, or even out to dinner
  • Play video games that involve jumping, running in place, or dancing
  • Walk to a neighbor’s house, or a co-workers office if in the same building, instead of calling them on the phone to ask a question
  • Take your dog on a daily walk, dogs need exercise too!
  • Do your own housework and yard work, these activities add up
If you wish to begin an exercise routine:
  • Talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise routine.
  • Start slowly. You can increase the intensity and length of your exercise as you become more fit. Walking is a great way to get started, and you already know how!
  • Work up to exercising on most days of the week for 30-60 minutes. This can be done all at one time or throughout the day. You can benefit from doing physical activity for 10 minutes, 3 times a day.
  • Be sure to include stretching, aerobic/cardiovascular, and strength training activities.
  • Do something you enjoy, like biking, tennis, walking, or swimming.
  • Mix it up- doing something new can help exercise interesting and improve result