As the cooler weather descends, try to keep active outdoors. Movement is key to creating health. So much so, that beginning medical students are taught that a sedentary lifestyle is an automatic risk factor to so many illnesses – comparable to smoking! So are you active?
Start with a 15 minute walk a day and work up to over 1000 steps. There are even apps on the smart phone that let you know how many steps you logged in! After one day, you’ll know approximately how much walking you need to do to fulfill your 1000 steps.
I recommend scheduling fun exercise dates with your friends or listening to compelling music or books on your headphones. If you are in your late 40s or older, strength and balance training are strongly advised. You will love the results! Yoga, personal fitness training, gym class offerings, pilates or Tai Chi are ways to improve muscle strength, proper bone shape and balance.
I mean it! I want you to start moving to avoid future serious injury and fortify your immunity as you age gracefully. Another thing…. your mood will lift like you pushed the happiness button!
Check with your health care provider before beginning any exercise plan that is new to you.