by Charmagne Anne M. Sunico MD DPCOM
Published on October 2, 2018
Exercise helps control weight. Did you know that it does more than that? Exercise also helps control cardiovascular and metabolic health issues like high cholesterol and diabetes. It also helps stabilize your mood. In addition, “exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores.” (Mayoclinic.org) Aside from this, exercise helps with better sleep. Exercise also helps with cognitive function – keeping your thinking, learning and judgement skills sharp as you age. With exercise, you strengthen your bones and muscles as well as increase your chance of living longer.
Exercise keeps us healthy. Experts recommend at least 150 minutes of exercise per week, but you can start slowly. Begin with 10 or 20 minutes of cardio exercise or a low impact class and work your way up to the goal of 150 minutes per week. It can be as simple as parking your car further away from the entrance of the mall to add a few steps or utilizing the stairs to go up or down one to two flights of stairs. What are you waiting for? Let’s get physical!