Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Kelly Barnes is one of the smart ones.  She used exercise to reverse some serious health issues including high blood pressure.  She's not the only one. I know several of you that decided to make a difference in your sedentary lifestyle and make a difference in your health. The Exercise Is Medicine initiative was announced in 2007 by the American College of Sports Medicine in an effort to bring exercise to the forefront of our thinking as prevention for some chronic diseases.  The Center for Disease Control in a recent study from 2015 found that 49.5% of Americans said they met the requirement of 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week.  If walking is your activity, you are looking at 25 minutes a day; 6 days a week.  That's not a huge commitment, but the pay off is huge! Exercise should be a natural part of the day, but some see it as a bitter pill to swallow. If you are part of the remaining 50.5%, think about this.  Some see health as something that tastes bad.  In reality, good health is "associated with a capacity to enjoy life and withstand challenges: it is not merely the absence of disease".

Resource: "Has America hit an exercise plateau?"  Paula Wolfson WTOP TV
IDEA Fitness Journal February, 2016 "35 Ailments, One Prescription: MOVE" by Galen A. Morton, MD and Len Kravitz, PhD