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Brendan Sullivan, PT, MSPT, OCS, Lead Physical Therapist
Chester County Hospital
Published January 20, 2014
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 family and, unfortunately, their personal health is neglected.
It is estimated that only 1/3 of adults regularly work out. Since inactivity and obesity are common risk factors for heart disease (heart failure, heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke), it is important to incorporate exercise into our lives. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death among men and women.
We know that exercise can help us to be healthier and to look and feel better, reduce stress, sleep better and boost energy levels, but making exercise a priority in our lives is easier said than done. Here are a few ideas to help you start and maintain your fitness goals.
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 after you begin an exercise program or exercise vigorously. This is a perfectly normal phenomenon and typically begins 24 to 48 hours after the activity. It usually subsides 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.
Sources: Exercise and Heart Disease Statistics. LiveStrong.com; Elizabeth Quinn, How Do I Start Exercising?. About.com
This article was published as part of the Daily Local News Medical Column series which appears every Monday. It has been reprinted by permission of the Daily Local News.
Last Updated: 1/27/2014