When it comes to good health, movement matters. The problem? Most of us aren’t moving enough. Here are some tips to add more movement to your routine.
When it comes to good health, movement matters. The problem? Most of us aren’t moving enough!
In fact, more than 75% of U.S. adults aren’t getting the right amount of exercise, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Each week, adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity. This can be anything that gets your heart beating faster counts – activities like biking, swimming, basketball or jogging.
It sounds like a lot, but even adding a bit of simple movement to your routines can have big health benefits. Research shows that people who exercise have lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression and other health conditions.
New to exercise?
If you’re just getting started with a fitness routine, keep it simple: Walking is a great option.
Whether it’s with your dog, a friend, a family member or a colleague, the most important thing is to get moving. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. Stuck at a computer all day? Try taking a few laps around the block over your lunch break.
In addition to aerobic activity, you should also include muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week that work all major muscle groups (hips, legs, abdomen, back, shoulders, arms and chest.
This can be any activity that makes your muscles work harder than usual like lifting weights or using your body weight to do pushups, lunges or squats.
Pro tip: Try doing 10 squats every time you brush your teeth. It might not sound like a lot, but over a full week, that can add up!
“We want to strive to move more and sit less throughout the day. Regular physical activity can prevent and improve many chronic conditions, so let’s get moving. Adults need a mix of physical activity to stay healthy,” said Andrea Mayer, Physical Therapist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
MetroHealth’s highly skilled physical therapists are conveniently located throughout the community. For more information, or to schedule an appointment near you, call 216-778-4414.
Andrea Mayer, Physical Therapist
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation