Spring is the perfect time to start getting back outside, getting your heart rate up and get healthy! With longer days, and all that glorious sunshine there is no better time to start getting regular exercise. Did you know exercising for 30 minutes 2-3 days a week can help lower your risk for a number of diseases?
Your risk of stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and even asthma are significantly reduced with regular exercise. Getting active can also lower your blood pressure and LDL (bad cholesterol) while raising your HDL (good cholesterol). On top of that, exercising has also been shown to be a natural mood booster. So not only will you actually be getting healthier, you’ll be feeling better as well!
There are plenty of easy ways to get moving, that don’t require a gym membership or a boring routine. Many people recommend taking a 10-15 minute walk on your lunch break, others swear by doing push-ups, sit-ups or jumping jack while watching commercials on TV. Getting the kids or pets outside can help get the whole family involved and allows family time without the distractions of cellphones, tvs or computers.
As always, it is important to talk with your doctor before starting any exercise routine. They may be able to recommend exercises that can help relieve pain, or make movement easier. You doc will also be able to tell you which exercises to stay away from if you have any physical limitations.
Overall, there are a number of good reasons to start enjoying that sunshine, get outside and get moving, you just have to take that first step.