Sunday, March 17, 2013
Exercise - Just do it
Many times throughout the day, I spend time talking with patients about the importance of exercise.
There are many ways to include exercise into your daily or weekly routines. Exercise can take the form of going for a walk, run or a bike outside. Alternatively, going to the gym and getting on the treadmill, elliptical or stationery bike work too. I also encourage patients to try doing classes like spinning, Zumba or water aerobics.
I also tell my patients not to lose sight of things that were fun when they were kids. So if they liked to bike ride, try to start biking again. If they liked to play frisbee, find an ultimate Frisbee team. If they like to play basketball or softball or tennis try to get involved in those activities. Take up ice-skating again. Take up dance again. All these opportunities exist for adding exercise into your life.
There are also easy ways to add more exercise into your daily life. Take the stairs - go out of your way avoid elevators and escalators will be very beneficial. Try parking at the back of the parking lot. Take a walk around the block after dinner.
Time and again, research continues to add more and more compelling data on the benefits of frequent exercise.