Exercise Makes A Difference
Exercise can help increase your energy, “rev up” your metabolism, burn extra calories, and decrease the risk of stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. The Dietary Guidelines for Americansrecommends at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week, and 60 minutes everyday or most days of the week for children. Here are some fun ways to incorporate exercise into your and your family's life:
- Enjoy an evening walk before or after dinner
- Take your family for a picnic and play a game of ultimate Frisbee
- Play a game of tag - we are never too old to play tag!
- Pull out your bicycles and ride around the park
- Go for a jog while your son or daughter rides their bike with you
Try to find exercise activities you enjoy and you will be more likely to stick with them.
Small activities throughout the day can also help you accomplish this goal. For example, walking up the stairs instead of using the elevator or escalator will increase the calories burned. Continuous exercise for 30 minutes may not be necessary. Activity can be broken up throughout the day. Here are a few ways to add activity to your day:
- Park a little farther away and add some walking to your day
- Go for multiple five or ten minute walks during the day
- Stand up and stretch! This helps bring your energy back and may even help you think more clearly
- Walk a little faster. Try to vary your speed to get your heart rate pumping
Remember to always consult with your physician before embarking on an exercise routine.
The USDA's “My Pyramid” guidance system provides many tools to assist in making healthful choices, as well as recommended food intakes and exercise.
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