Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Grab Your Walking Shoes

Today is the the American Heart Association's National Start! Walking Day. The goal is to get everyone to walk for 30 min. To find fellow walkers, track your calories used, and more, go here.

I hate exercise, but I feel better when I do it. Most days I walk/run for 20 min., ride 1 mile on an exercise bike, and do some light weight work. Some days I do crunches, leg lifts, etc. The benefits of regular exercise are too great to ignore. Heart disease is the number one killer in this country and it is preventable with healthy diet and exercise. It is not necessary to become a body builder or a marathon runner. Studies have shown that doing moderate exercise like walking 30 minutes daily has a huge impact on health. You don't need expensive equipment or a gym membership. A pair of comfy shoes could save your life.

10 Benefits of Exercise

Moderate exercise has been proven to :

1. boost the immune system
2. build bone mass to prevent osteoporosis
3. clear plaque out of arteries, improve circulation, and strengthen heart and lungs
4. improve sleep
5. lower cholesterol
6. control blood sugar
7. lower blood pressure
8. boost metabolism
9.build core strength and flexibility to prevent frailty (who wants to get feeble?)
10. increase energy level

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