There are few lifestyle changes that have as many benefits as exercise. Regular exercise has been shown to help with weight management, increase bone density, increase muscle mass, reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s, improve heart health, prevent/manage diabetes, and treat depression and anxiety.
It’s recommended to get 150 minutes/week of moderate exercise. Many types of movement could be considered moderate exercise. Activities like mowing the lawn, gardening, dancing, manual labor, brisk walking, or chasing grandkids can increase heart rate and provide health benefits.
If you’re new to exercise and are not sure where to start, consider some of the tips below:
Start Slow– There’s no shame in easing into a new exercise routine. Start with a manageable goal, like walking to the end of the street and back twice a week.
Buddy Up-Find a friend or family member that also wants to start exercising. It’s easier to stay consistent when we have someone to keep us accountable.
Find Something You Like-If you absolutely hate walking on the treadmill, don’t force yourself to spend 20 minutes on the treadmill every night! You’re more likely to stick with an exercise routine if it’s something you enjoy.
The HEART Program is presented in Red River Parish by the MLK Health Center and Pharmacy, funded by BHP.