Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sit Less. Move More.

The American College of Sports Medicine has long recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week for most people. Do the math and that comes to 30 minutes a day if you think about exercising 5 days a week and just 25 minutes if you exercise 6 days a week.  There are some that find 150 minutes too much to accomplish and need a smaller goal. That's okay.  We all remember the Time magazine report on Alzheimer's that said walking 30 minutes a day could reduce the risk of  Alzheimer's by 50 percent.  It has also been reported that walking 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of breast cancer by 50%.  That same 30 minute walk can also help to increase your life span by 5 years for a man and 6 years for a woman. It's like those deals we see at HEB.  You buy the fajita chicken and you get the tortillas and the cheese and the sauce for free. I am telling you the 30 minute walk is the best "deal" around.  Walk once and the benefits keep coming. The Huffington Post reported recently in the article, "The More We Move The More We Improve", that  those who get up and move during the day have healthier blood fats and blood glucose levels than those who sit for prolonged periods of time. There are numerous benefits.  Good health goes beyond the hour or so that we put in at the gym. Simply said, sit less and move more!

Resources: ACSM Sports Medicine Bulletin, The  Huffington Post February 17, 2015