As we progress we start ignoring our health more and more. Most of the people say they don’t have any time for exercise, without realizing that if they continue like this, a day will come when they won’t be able to do and enjoy the things in which they are putting all their time today.
But, is it really the lack of time, or something else? No, not at all. The actual reason is the lack of time management and some confusions like ‘What is the best exercise?’ First, you have to consider routine exercise as one of your top priorities in life, then you will surely know how to manage time for it.
The guidelines say that individuals should be doing 150 minutes weekly of moderate activity or 75 minutes vigorous activity. But, as you all must have heard, something is better than nothing. If you don’t quite get to the target but you are close to it, you are still going to get some important benefits.
A recent study findings showed that runners had a 30% reduction in mortality and a 45% reduction in cardio-vascular mortality, on average, with increase in life expectancy of 3 years for mortality and 4 years for cardio-vascular mortality. You don’t have to run fast. A few kms. at a moderate to slow pace produces these huge benefits.
But again, as people get older it is hard to run. People may have knee injuries, back problems, hip problems. So, many people prefer to do walking. 15 minutes of walking is equal to about 5 minutes of running. It has been shown in various trials that you can get the same mortality benefits from walking as you can from running. It just takes more minutes to get the same effect.
Now, A message to all clinicians – You should all at least bring up exercise at every patient visit. Atleast try to get it on the patient’s agenda. Ask “Are you doing something?” Doctors need to promote physical activity throughout the health care system, and it starts with each clinician, with each patient.
- The best exercise is the one you will do.
- Do something , for sometime at least.
- Make exercise a habit and follow the routine.
- Start now if you don’t want to regret later. Better late than never.
- Start with little warm-up and stretching. Know your limits. Don’t overdo it.
- Start your day early with some exercise and you will perform better not just through your day, but throughout your life.
- Always get a good pair of shoes for walking or running. Use in-soles with arch support if you have flat foot.
Get Set and Go…!!!