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Fitness Can Save Your Life

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Being physically active can literally save your life!   Being fit can
affect every aspect of your life – your physical health, emotional and
mental well being, too. Moderate-intensity physical activity for 30
minutes, 5 days per week...

Fitness, physical activity, exercise, exercise tip

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Being physically active can literally save your life!   Being fit can
affect every aspect of your life – not just your physical health, but
your emotional and mental well being, too. Only 30 minutes of moderate-
intensity physical activity for 5 days out of the week can help you
become physically fit. Fitness relates to physical activity. Fitness is
not just a trim or muscular body or a 10K runner. I like to think of
fitness as the key for optimal health and overall well being.

Many times fitness professionals are frustrated with clients who want to
be fit, but don’t take the required actions. Many people think that b y
taking a pill or ordering a gadget seen on an infomercial will do the
trick and they will become fit. How many of you have exercise equipment
hiding in closet or under the bed and use your treadmill as a clothes
hanger?   Having the equipment alone won’t help you become physically
fit. You have to use it. Physical fitness doesn’t happen overnight, and
it’s not a quick fix. Looking like the models on TV selling exercise
equipment is not practical for most people. Getting fit is not that easy.
On the other hand, it’s not that hard. Understanding the benefits of
being fit, feeling the benefits, and seeing the benefits keep us
motivated and consistent.

Here are some of the health benefits that can save your life. Physical
activity has a direct effect on the heart. It increases oxygen supply to
the heart, decreases oxygen demands and improves the strength of the
heart muscle contractions. Exercise lowers blood pressure. Exercise
significantly improves blood sugar levels; which is important if you have
type 2 diabetes or if you have a family history of diabetes.

Well-respected research shows that compared with active people, sedentary
people have almost double the risk of developing or dying from coronary
heart disease. This is critically important as heart disease remains the
leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. The
New England Medical Journal states in a study of over 84,000 middle -aged
women, who exercised moderately or vigorously for 30 minutes a day
slashed their risk of heart disease by 80% (these women did not smoke
cigarettes, were not overweight, and maintained a healthful diet).
Here are some tips to get you started.

•     Get a physical exam before beginning any exercise program.
•     Find activities you enjoy doing each day.
•     Start slowly. Don’t expect fitness results to happen overnight.
•     Follow a progressive program of exercise. Hire a personal trainer
to help you with motivation, coaching, or to learn how to exercise
•     Invite a friend, spouse or family member to join you.
•     Set realistic goals and measure your results in 3 month intervals.
•     Don’t stop if you aren’t getting the results you except. If you
stop, you will never get the results. Results aren’t just how you look,
it’s how you feel and your level of health.
•     Think of exercise as adding quality months and years onto your

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