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By, Brendan Sullivan, PT, MSPT, OCS, Lead Physical Therapist, Fern Hill
It is that time of year when people put exercise at the top of their New Year's Resolution list. Although many start with the best of intentions, often times, that initial motivation and vigor is not sustained to keep exercise as a regular part of their life. Life often "gets in the way" as people are busy with work and kids and, unfortunately, their personal health is neglected.
Since inactivity and obesity are common risk factors for heart disease (heart failure heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, it is important to incorporate exercise into our lives. Did you know that more than 630,000 people died from heart disease in the United States in 2006? Although there has been a decline in these types of death since 1996, it is the leading cause of death among men and women.
We all know that exercise can help us to be healthier and to look and feel better (reduce stress, sleep better, boost energy levels, but making those lifestyle changes to make exercise a priority in our lives is easier said than done as it is estimated that only 1/3 of adults regularly work out.
First, some facts:
During their lifetime, the average person will have walked the equivalent of three (3) times around the earth.
Maintaining your progress:
Think you are too busy to work out? You can always find time during the day:
Each time you work out:
Expect to be sore (delayed onset muscle soreness) after you begin an exercise program or exercise vigorously. This is a perfectly normal phenomenon and usually begins 24-48 hours after the activity. It usually resolves within a few days of onset. Don't let this soreness stop you - just work out a different muscle groups or modify your exercise regimen until it resolves.
Stop exercising and see your Physician if you experience:
Exercise and Heart Disease Statistics. LIVESTRONG.COM
Elizabeth Quinn, How Do I Start Exercising?, About.com
Last Updated: 1/3/2011