Don’t Join the Exercise Resolution Crowd, Make it a Lifestyle

I noticed the crowds at Urban Active and Louisville Athletic Club are picking up, as they do every year, with newly-resolutioned people vowing that this is the year they’ll stick with it, lose the weight, quit smoking, eat right, etc. And most, of course, won’t stick with it, and about March they’ll be back to their old lifestyle.

Just take a walk every day

That’s right, it’s a lifestyle. I’ve been struggling a bit lately because of a knee injury, and considering how I might replace the fitness and mental boost I get from playing racquetball 3-4 times a week. For the last several weeks, I’ve been going to the gym and just lifting weights and running. Yes, I hate it. But it’s better than doing nothing. The good news for me is that the knee is responding well, and I’m back on the court.

But my friend Dr. John Gilderbloom posted something on Facebook today that provides some eye-opening stats about the benefits of just a little exercise every day.  According to this video from Dr. Mike Evans, 30 minutes a day of exercise is enough to ward off a lot of health problems. Now, the video is 10 minutes, so I don’t expect you to watch the whole thing, but take this away from it this: “Low fitness is the strongest predictor of death.”

Then there’s the big question — “Can you limit sitting and sleeping to 23 1/2 hours per day?”

That ought to get your attention.

2 Comments on "Don’t Join the Exercise Resolution Crowd, Make it a Lifestyle"

  1. What is the single best thing you can do for your health? Living long and healthy by walking 30 minutes a day! I rarely post You Tube videos, but this seems like a good one. Its really clever and fun to watch. As many of you all know I regularly exercise every day: tennis (3 times a week); volleyball (twice a week); personal trainer (once a week with a college volleyball coach) and walking the dog (OK not enough!) and walk to places near my home and work. But you don't have to do all this either (most don't) Just put aside 30 minutes a day and take your dog (an even better personal traine) for a walk. With that said, I also limit TV to only a few hours a day; eat healthy foods, stay away from people with drug dependency and avoid negative people. I know that some of my Facebook friends are not taking care of themselves and hopefully with a new year starting they consider some lifestyle changes. So my gift to all my Face Book friends is better health! Sincerely, Dr. G.

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