If the effects of living a sedentary lifestyle were immediate EVERYONE would make the time to exercise.
But instead, they come on slowly...insidiously...which cause people to justify their lack of energy, enthusiasm for life and self confidence by saying things like "Who has time to work out?" and "It's not THAT bad." and "I don't have time to do something that is just for me...that's selfish."
If you choose not to incorporate physical activity into your daily life, you are running the risk of
But don't take my word for it. The American Heart Association offers the following...
Physical activity boosts mental wellness.
Regular physical activity can relieve tension, anxiety, depression and anger. You may notice a "feel good sensation" immediately following your physical activity, and most people also note an improvement in general well-being over time as physical activity becomes a part of their routine.
Physical activity improves physical wellness.
Reduced Risk Factors
Too much sitting and other sedentary activities can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. One study showed that adults who watch more than 4 hours of television a day had a 46% increased risk of death from any cause and an 80% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
Becoming more active can help lower your blood pressure and also boost your levels of good cholesterol.
Physical activity prolongs your optimal health.Without regular physical activity, the body slowly loses its strength, stamina and ability to function well. People who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about 7 years longer than those who are not active and are obese.
In addition to the health benefits listed above, moderate exercise, like brisk walking, can have other health benefits such as:
How to turn things around?
Commit. Get support. Follow through.
For a cost effective, health focused community to involve yourself in, check out your local YMCA or hit the trails in your area by taking a look at Trail Link, or join an online community like Spark People. You can find motivation, accountability, activity and diet ideas...everything you need with a click of a link.
It's up to you to take control of your health now so that you don't pay the price later. Doing this "one thing" will indeed change everything!
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