Work, and life generally, can be stressful, with the potential to affect your health and wellbeing. One of the best ways to keep healthy and fend off ill health is to make active living a normal part of your daily life.
Whether it’s gardening, walking, swimming, cycling, tennis, taking the stairs, or walking to the corner store, it all adds up to active living.
As a minimum you should engage in 30 minutes of moderate activity four days a week. And those 30 minutes can be accumulated in 10-minute segments. A brisk walk for example is ‘moderate’ activity. An active lifestyle will improve your health and your quality of life, boost your sense of self-fulfilment and increase your energy level.
Reflect on your own situation and ask yourself: at present, am I active enough to benefit good health and keep my body fit? Yes or No?
If you answered “yes” you get a pat on the back. You are achieving health and fitness benefits.
If you answered “No”, you probably live a sedentary lifestyle usually in a sitting position: at your desk, on the phone, in your car, at a computer, watching television or on the couch. If you are part of this group, give serious consideration to changing your lifestyle before it’s too late. There is no time for delay.
Sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality; it doubles the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity; and substantially increases the risk of colon cancer, hypertension, osteoporosis, depression, and anxiety. Scary stuff.
Why not take the precaution of becoming active now before you are beset with health problems that will stop you from doing so later in life.
Pick an activity that you will enjoy and get started. Walking for example is the favourite activity for 70 per cent of our adult population. Walking is safe, inexpensive and one of the best exercises around.
All you need is a good pair of walking shoes and the willpower to get up and go. If you haven’t exercised for some time, start off with small amounts of exercise and consult your doctor before engaging in strenuous exercise.