Active Living

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Why is it important?

Being active can have a dramatic impact on your overall health. Here are just a few ways that an active lifestyle can create big changes in your life:

  • Every hour spent walking can increase your lifespan by two hours
  • Physically active people save $500 a year in healthcare
  • Walking is the single most effective exercise to improve health
  • Just one hour of activity a day is enough to create significant health benefits
  • Being active boosts mental health and memory
  • 60 minutes of intense exercise a week can prevent weight gain

Get started

The key to making activity part of your routine is to do something you like. Rock climbing not your thing? Skip it — but find something that is! Here are a few suggestions to get started:

  • Stand while talking on the telephone
  • Brainstorm project ideas with a coworker while taking a walk
  • Take a family walk to the park after dinner
  • Do sit-ups in front of the tv
  • Get a workout partner who will hold you accountable
  • Make yard work a family affair
  • Get off the bus a few blocks early and walk
  • Snow blow your driveway…but shovel the walkway

For more tips on getting started with active living everyday click here

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Sources:

  1. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/get-active/physical-activity-guidelines.htm
  2. http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter2.aspx
  3. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/PhysicalActivity/Get-moving-Where-do-I-start_UCM_307978_Article.jsp
  4. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/water_health_benefits