No Time For Exercise? Think Again!

Posted 03/08/2013 | By HealthCorps

One of the cornerstones of the HealthCorps’ curriculum is the emphasis on physical activity.  If you are juggling a busy professional and personal life, then you may find it impossible to set aside regular gym time.

According to a new study, when it comes to health, short stretches of physical activity like taking the stairs, raking leaves, shoveling snow, or pacing quickly while talking on the phone can be as beneficial as a trip to the gym.

These active life moments appear to be as effective as structured exercise, when it comes to providing health benefits like preventing high blood pressure, lowering your risk of developing elevated cholesterol levels, and reducing the cluster of risk factors known as metabolic syndrome.  That translates into a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Certainly if you have time to add formal exercise to your daily life, you should.  Vigorous daily exercise helps with weight management, improves bone integrity and certainly improves your overall health.  But if you can’t fit it in, then simply looking for active opportunities daily can improve your overall health profile.  And the benefits will continue to accumulate as you age.

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