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Physical Activity: The Bottom Line

Timeless Fitness Tip

Should you choose fitness-oriented exercise over physical activity? That depends!

On the whole, considering all health benefits, fitness exercise is slightly better. If you like vigorous exercise, or if you are limited in the amount of time for exercise, fitness exercise may be your choice. If not, then walking the golf course, gardening, or cleaning out the garage will give you all the health benefits you need.

The important point is to participate on a regular basis. The choice to be active rather than sedentary will greatly reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

Simple Physical Activity Ideas:

Walking for physical activity

  • Take the stairs as often as possible
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Park as far from the front door as possible - at stores, etc.
  • Clean your home regularily
  • Garden or do yard work (even if you rent; go pull some weeds!)
  • Buy a Omron HJ-320 Tri-Axis Pedometer and keep track of your steps each day
  • If you are able, use a bicycle to go short distances - visit a friend, go to a park, etc.
  • How about giving up cable for an entire summer? You'll be amazed at how much free time you have for all these wonderful activities!

Rest and Active Recovery is Important

Energetic exercise is obviously good for your body. So you may be thinking that a tough, every day workout would be a great way to stay in shape. But, research shows, that may not always be the case. If you pay attention to your body, you'll soon realize that it also needs rest and recovery. Proper balance of both is essential to your well-being. Listen to your body's signals. If you're feeling tired, rest. If you're feeling energetic -- get some exercise while it lasts!

Next tip will be recommendations for anyone begining an exercise program or planning to do so. (See Just Move!)

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