11 August 11 Use Your Downtime as Head Start Toward Better HealthEarlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study that shows more than one out of every four people do nothing physically active during their free time - this means no walking, no biking, no outdoor chores and no playing outside of work. Now, it's not necessary to discuss all the benefits of exercise to you, as many of our members understand the positive impact exercise has on their lives.
The CDC, however, always likes to remind us that physical inactivity is a leading cause of preventable death (accounting for one out of 10 deaths in the U.S.), and for those at higher risk of type 2 diabetes, exercising 150 minutes a week and losing 5-7 percent of your body weight can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58 percent.
So back to inactivity. The CDC collected information on all 3,141 counties, or county equivalents, in the United States to see where people were most-active and least-active outside of work. The results ranged from 10 percent to over 40 percent of people being physically inactive in various counties. As far as regions go, the results showed that generally western states are more active and areas in the South and Appalachia were the least active. The states with the greatest inactivity were Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee - where over 70 percent of all the counties in each state carried physical inactivity rates of 29.2 percent or greater.
So what to do? Life may seem to get in the way - there are mouths to feed, jobs to work, chores to do. But sticking with an exercise plan is the only way to achieve lasting success and to move yourself further away from the CDC's negative stats for your region. Here are a few tips to help you stick with it:
Time is a Gift - The time you take to exercise is a gift to yourself. Treat it as such. Exercising gives you greater self-confidence and inspires others to do the same. Just keep in mind that you deserve the time to exercise. It's not a burden.
Aim for a Morning Exercise - Of course your life schedule will predicate when you can exercise, but many find that by exercising first thing in the morning it doesn't give them all the hours in the day to talk themselves out of exercising? Maybe just give it a try for a week to see how it feels.
Do Something You Love - There is no shortage of fun and fast-paced workout classes. From Zumba, Oula, Bootcamp and Cross-Training, find out what motivates you to keep coming back for more. Most gyms offer a range of choices, so try a few out to see what works. Have questions or comments about this post? Please feel free to comment on MyNetDiary's Community Forum or Facebook page – We would love to hear from you. And consider visiting our new Pinterest page!
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