An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? So what do 20-30 minutes of physical activity do? The Benefits of Physical Activity article claims exercise keeps the following chronic health conditions at bay: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. If you want to live a longer, healthier life, start by allowing yourself 20-30 minutes each day to exercise at a moderate intensity.
You may be asking yourself what moderate intensity is. Think of exercises like: jogging, HIIT routines, roller skating/blading, walking, etc. Sites like Pinterest have several workouts that are fun and help ease you into a good routine. Check out this simple Pin, where the focus is to get up and get moving.
Starting off, just try to do as much as you can for as long as you can. For example, start walking three days a week for 30 minutes. The next week, make it four days, then slowly begin to jog, etc. Once you begin working out, you will not be able to stop. Exercise is a fantastic habit to form. According to this article by CNN Health, getting hooked on exercise will never be a “bad” habit. In fact, after most people begin working out, they form what is called a workout “high”, which is a feeling you get when your heart is racing and your adrenaline is at an all-time high during a workout.
So now I ask the question, what’s keeping you on the couch watching Netflix? Get up, get out, and live a longer, healthier life.