Jodi Whitaker

Give Yourself Longer Life: Exercise

Published: Apr 3, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 3, 2013) - The following column appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Sunday, March 31.

 

By Dr. Alison Bailey

 

We all know that exercise is good for us, but according to the American Heart Association, nearly 70 percent of Americans do not get the physical activity they need.

 

Living an active life is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and those you love. Simply put, daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life. If you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day (like brisk walking), five times per week, you can almost guarantee yourself a healthier and more satisfying life while lowering your risks for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. <?xml:namespace prefix = owc />

 

Parents, your children need 60 minutes a day — every day — so when you get active, you’re also modeling healthy living for the next generation.

 

If you exercise less than 150 minutes per week, you need to increase your activity level. Regular moderate-intensity physical activity helps keep your heart in good condition.

 

When you are inactive, you burn fewer calories, you are at higher risk for cholesterol problems, blood sugar and blood pressure problems, and your weight is often harder to manage. If that’s not enough, physically active people nearly always report better moods, less stress, more energy and a better outlook on life.

 

What can you do now?

 

Make the time. Nearly all of us feel time-crunched and overscheduled. And although anyone can fall into that trap, only you can make your health a priority over life’s other demands. Even President Obama sets aside time to exercise. It can be done and only you can say “no” to interruptions and “yes” to your good health.

 

Start with walking. It’s easy, it’s social, it requires no special equipment and it works. Just walk fast enough to get your heart rate up. Most of us can expect to cover 2 miles or more in a 30-minute block of time. If 30 minutes seems like an impossible goal, start with less. Some physical activity is always better than none. You can chart your progress as you work your way toward your goals. To increase your physical activity level, try:

 

Parking farther away from your destination. Taking short, brisk walks throughout the workday, in 10-minute chunks of time. After dinner, bring your dog along for a walk around the neighborhood.

 

Remember that this amount of activity will help you maintain your weight, but alone it’s not enough to cause significant weight loss. For weight loss, a goal of 60-90 minutes per day is recommended. For even more tips to get active, visit the American Heart Association’s Web site at Heart.org  .

 

Dr. Alison Bailey is the director of the Gill Heart Institute Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Program.

bailey_alison.jpg
December
 
1
Resumes and Cover Letters
Circle of Love Gift Return
Mon
2
UK Guitar Studio
Circle of Love Gift Return
Tue
3
Networking and Job Search
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Wayne's World
Study Sounds: Classical Concert
Wed
4
LNFS Presents: Frozen
Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky
Circle of Love Gift Pick-Up
Live Screening of Orion Spacecraft Re-entry
Massage on the Go
Thu
5
LNFS Presents: Winter's Bone
LNFS Presents: Gremlins
Open Studio
Circle of Love Gift Pick-Up
Fri
6
Snow Skiing @ Perfect North Slopes
Sat
7
Free Holiday Shopping Shuttle to Fayette Mall
Sun
8
Undergraduate Research Information Session "How to Find a Faculty Mentor"
Mon
9
Job Club - Identifying Your Skills
Paws for Stress Relief
Tue
10
 
Wed
11
 
Thu
12
Last Day of Classes
Fri
13
 
Sat
14
Free Holiday Shopping Shuttle to Fayette Mall
Finals Treats
Sun
15
Final Exams
Crunch Brunch
Mon
16
Final Exams
Jazzy Holiday Concert
Tue
17
Final Exams
Caregiver Support Group
Wed
18
Final Exams
Thu
19
Final Exams
End of 2014 Fall Semester
Fri
20
 
Sat
21
 
Sun
22
 
Mon
23
 
Tue
24
 
Wed
25
 
Thu
26
 
Fri
27
 
Sat
28
 
Sun
29
 
Mon
30
 
Tue
31
 
Wed
 
 
 
Dec 19
End of 2014 Fall Semester 12/19/2014

Fri, 12/19/2014

Wed, 01/14/2015

Fri, 01/16/2015

Wed, 01/21/2015

Reset Page