You’ve heard the phrase “a body in motion stays in motion”, but have you thought about how that applies to your health? By not using your body you could be a greater risk of health issues than those who participate in some type of movement for 20 minutes a day. If you don’t think you have 20 minutes, we’ll bet you are wrong.
Some quick ideas:
- Park further away from the store. If you have to walk for 10 minutes to get into the store, you’ll have to walk 10 minutes to get back to the car. You’ve met your 20 minute goal.
- Got stairs? Walk up and down your staircase for 5 minutes. Do this twice a day. Instead of picking up the mail when you drive up to the house, walk to the mailbox. That’s another 5 minutes. Pace your kitchen for 5 minutes while cooking dinner (even if your family thinks you are crazy).
- Do you like to dance? Add some upbeat music to your cleaning routine. You don’t have to “move like Jagger” but dancing with the vacuum cleaner will get your heart pumping and may even make cleaning fun.
- Use your TV time wisely: Instead of sitting on the couch to watch your favorite show, march in place for 20 minutes. .
One study event suggest that physical inactivity is responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity (click here to read the study).
Starting a physical activity regimen can be the toughest part, but once you start, you will be happy you made the effort. Make sure you talk with your doctor before beginning any new activity program, or come in and talk to us. Our physical therapists can perform an evaluation and devise a safe exercise program that will increases strength, cardiovascular endurance, restore flexibility and reduce pain.