Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your body. It boosts mental clarity, improves sleep, lowers stress, and helps stabilize your mood. And while you’re exercising the blues away, you’ll also discover that you are giving your body lifelong health benefits. If physical activity guidelines feel elusive or intimidating, start by simply moving more every day.
Why should I exercise?
The benefits of physical activity impact our physical and mental health. Exercise lowers anxiety and stress, reduces the risk of depression, and improves overall brain health. It also helps you manage your weight, while keeping your blood pressure in a healthy range. It reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, and other diseases.
How much should I exercise?
To receive the most health benefits, Move Your Way recommends exercising for 150 minutes per week, with workouts completed at least twice weekly. They encourage committing to exercises that get your heart beating faster, as well as doing strength training designed to get your muscles working more than usual. But really, some exercise is better than no exercise.
The U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that adults and kids spend 7.7 hours a day being sedentary. Try to move more than you sit. Exercising for any length of time will increase your body’s health benefits.
How do I get started?
Exercise doesn’t have to feel like a chore. It can even be something you love, like walking your dog, cleaning your yard, having a dance party, or playing ball – get creative and get moving!
If you’re a new mom, consider joining a local FIT4MOM program, a total-body, mommy-and-me workout. Find ways to incorporate community into your workouts. Join a class or meet with a group of friends to go on a run. Schedule it into your weeks, so you are less likely to skip or miss.
Before you begin a new exercise regime, check with your general practitioner. If you find yourself in an emergency situation or develop an exercise-related injury, come see our team at Trusted ER immediately. We are available 24/7 to care for you. We are always ready to treat any injuries or emergencies.