Daily physical activity is crucial

Engaging in just 30 minutes of physical activity a day, whether it be a brisk walk, strength training, yoga, or even being outside gardening, can increase ones quality of life. Physical activity is an important factor in having good health, staying physically able to do activities of daily living, and reduce the chance of chronic diseases. Some benefits of physical activity include lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow, and preventing bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis.

While it may seem a daunting task to begin a more active lifestyle, it can be done in moderation. There are simple ways to add in physical activity every day, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or even parking a little further from the entrance of the grocery store. On the surface, these appear to be minor steps, however they add up and lead to larger steps in living an active lifestyle.

After achieving these initial steps, it might be time to start thinking about other ways to increase daily physical activity. One great way is to add an evening walk. While this will become more difficult as winter sets in, there are still days of sunshine to be enjoyed before it gets too cold or it starts to snow. Often when the weather does not allow for an outdoor walk, people take to the local community center to do their walking on a treadmill before they head home for the evening. Adding variety to physical activity can be a great way to keep things interesting and prevent regressing the amount of daily activity.

Physical activity is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle and plays an important role in preventing cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. Making these minor changes in your daily life are important steps to living a healthy and happy life.

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