I swear I didn't know this was happening but what amazing timing! A study published in PLOS Medicine was just completed looking at physical activity and life span. Just 20 minutes a day can add years to your life. Coincidentally, this particular challenge of mine is trying to get in at least 20 minutes of exercise per day for 30 days straight. For me as a healthcare provider, that's enough motivation to show people that it CAN be done. And relatively pain-free (except for the good kind of pain).
Here's the highlights of the study that I love:
What about inactivity you ask? Count on dropping years.
Exercise is a first-line therapy for so many chronic diseases and the best tool for prevention of disease. There really is nothing that can substitute for it. The trick is finding something that you enjoy doing, so that it becomes part of your lifestyle and not a chore: walking the dog, playing with children and/or grandchildren, walking to the store to pick up fruit, riding your bike to work, running, using the elliptical or treadmill while watching TV or playing video games (it works), taking dance classes, and the list goes on. There really are no valid excuses... and I've heard them all. There's always a way to get active. So, what are you doing today?
I challenge myself... a lot.