Exercise: Tips To Stay Healthy

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a constant struggle for many people. How can you be your most healthy? To achieve optimum health, you should eat a balanced diet full of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats. You should drink plenty of water. And you should exercise. There is a lot of confusion about how much exercise is necessary and what is the best exercise. Luckily, with exercise, there are many options that will keep you healthy.

It doesn’t take much! Did you know that 22 minutes of brisk walking or other moderate activity is all you need to impact your health positively? If you prefer a more vigorous activity, you can do 75 minutes of that. According to the Mayo Clinic only 2.5 hours per week are needed to see health benefits. Aren’t you and your health worth the time investment?

Which exercise is best? There’s an easy answer to this question: the exercise you love doing is what’s best, because enjoyment and commitment matter when starting and maintaining an exercise routine. If you have old injuries or other challenges with your body, it may be helpful to see your doctor for guidance as to what is most safe and effective for you. Some exercises can put strain on already compromised joints and muscles. One thing that makes sense for bodies of all types is swimming. If you have injuries or joint issues, the water acts as a cushion for your body and takes the strain off joints. If you want to learn more about the benefits of swimming, check out this piece on Shape Magazine’s website.

If you suffer from depression and anxiety, exercise can help. According to the Mayo Clinic, the link between exercise, depression, and anxiety isn’t entirely clear, it may help by releasing endorphins, which are feel-good brain chemicals, and by alleviating worries while you exercise. Regular exercise also increases social interaction, encourages healthy coping, and helps you gain confidence as you tackle your fitness challenges. Remember that even small amounts of physical activity matter! Do what you can with goals of increasing activity as you go along.

Exercise has so many benefits, so make exercise, even in short bursts, a priority in your day. To avoid injury, please consult with your trusted physician before beginning any exercise program. If you do not have a physician and would like one to help with finding an exercise routine, please contact Carolina Orthopedics toll free at 844.836.6595.