Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with physical activity does not need to be challenging or painful. You do not need to go to the gym and workout 2 hours a day to be healthy.
Some of you work at jobs where you walk all day or do manual labor. Maybe you chase around toddlers or school aged children. Did you know housework can count as physical activity? Are your everyday tasks promoting a healthy level of physical activity or more of a sedentary lifestyle?
As a health coach, I recommend using a pedometer to calculate how many steps you take in a given day. You will usually want to take 10,000 steps a day to have a healthy physical activity level. The usual recommendation is 30 minutes of moderate activity at least 5 days a week. Like I always say, check with your doctor before starting any new activity program to determine what is best for you.
This is your chance to get creative! There is no limit to all the different ways you can incorporate physical activity into your daily lives.
So what are the health benefits to getting all the recommended physical activity?
Well, for starters, recent studies have found about 250,000 people die each year from sedentary lifestyle causes. This means that 250,000 people could have been saved if they would have paid attention to the recommended physical activity and nutrition advice out there! That’s a lot of people! Don’t let your life be lost because you aren’t getting enough exercise!
Physical Activity can reduce the risk of:
High blood pressure
So why aren’t we all increasing our physical activity level? It can be hard in our busy lives. But, let’s start right now to make steps toward increasing our physical activity level!