Exercise, like food, is medicinal.
Exercise may help prevent or control many conditions such as weight issues, irregular blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, amongst many others. Other benefits include helping mood, energy and sleep. The golden rule for joint health is the more you move, the less stiffness you’ll have. Bottom line: Keep Moving.
Here are the general guidelines:
For adults, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention recommend at least 150 minutes per week (30 minutes daily) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both moderate intensity and vigorous activity for adults. In addition, evidence suggests that you should incorporate moderate-intensity resistance training into your routine to improve your ability to function, strength and overall good health. Resistance training also helps increase or maintain the amount of muscle you have as you lose weight.
Pick one of the following and get started:
- Walk at least 5 minutes per day, working up to 30 minutes.
- Practice a few minutes of yoga:
- Chris Powell’s How to Exercise Using your Sofa
- Incorporate push-ups into your routine: