Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Little Exercise Isn’t Worth It . . . NONSENSE!

Please don’t tell me you’re one of these people who can’t exercise very much, “So, it’s just not worth it.”

One piece of advice . . . don’t ever tell me that. Because if you do, you’ll have to listen to me telling you about the many things you can do during the course of the day that can make a difference in your overall health. At the end of the day, some exercise is better than NO exercise.

Consider this . . . there are numerous studies that show moderate physical activity at the least decreases your risk for heart disease and stroke. Even moderate physical activity at a rate of 30 minutes four to five times per week can help you lose weight.

Now this may be the point where you tell me that you don’t have 30 minutes during the day to exercise. If that’s the case, do you have three 10-minute segments where you can exercise during the day? Here’s where you need to make productive use of your time. Make time to take a few 10-minute walks or jogs. What about walking the stairs for 10 to 15 minutes at a time during your work breaks? If you have a few favorite television programs, you can jump rope or do other exercises as you watch like pushups or situps.

Try to blend in more cardiovascular exercise like walking or running with some resistance training at first. The more intense the cardio activity, the more calories you will burn.

Here are a couple of posts from WebMD with some good advice. This first article offers the proper rationale behind how brief workouts can be healthy for you -- This second post from WebMD offers a 30-minute workout that’s pretty easy to do when you’re ready --

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