Use it or lose it
Regular activity is a crucial component in health maintenance. It benefits the metabolic, cardiovascular, bone, and muscular system. It is also critical for promoting the creation of new brain cells to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline as you age. Exercise promotes a more restful sleep that is needed to rebuild cells throughout the body and to allow the nervous system to reset.
American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) recommends at least 30 minutes of daily moderate physical exercise that can be done once a day or broken up into two 15-minute segments during your day. Moderate activities can be brisk walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, wood chopping, weeding the garden, mowing the lawn, dancing to your favorite music, mopping floors, vacuuming, and working out at a gym. Vigorous activities may include basketball, racquetball, football, stair climbing, running, rowing, and almost all competitive sports.
If daily exercise is not currently part of your lifestyle, don’t worry. It’s never too late to start! Find an activity that you will enjoy and set an attainable goal for the day. Monitor how you feel when you’re done. Each day or each week challenge yourself by adding intensity or time to that chosen activity. Share your achievements with friends and family who can continue to encourage you as you advance.