Lower risk of dying from a variety causes is mostly in common in people with high levels of physical fitness. Exercise enhances sleep, prevents weight gain, and reduces the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and even depression. It’s not important for people who are already living with health conditions.
Remember three simple guidelines:
- Exercise at moderate intensity for at least2 hours and 30 minutes spread over the course of each week.
- Avoid periods of inactivity; some exercise at any level of intensity is better than none.
- At least twice a week, supplement aerobic exercise (cardio) with weight-bearing activities that strengthen all major muscle groups.
Make Exercising a Habit
At first set some realistic goals and take small steps to fit more movement into your daily life, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking to the grocery store instead of driving. The key is to start gradually and be prepared. To help you stick with your new exercise habit, vary your routine, like swimming one day and walking the next. The trick is to get to the point where you look at exercise like brushing your teeth and getting enough sleep.
Remember that physical fitness is attainable. Even with small changes, you can reap big rewards that will pay off for years to come.