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Exercise: Why Bother?

 

Exercise:  Why Bother?  1/27/17

 

Here we are, coming into the home stretch of the winter sports seasons.  The athletes who are out on the courts and mats for practices and games or matches are most likely getting plenty of exercise.  However, the same is very possibly not true for the spectators who have been cheering them on from the bleachers. 

Being physically active offers several benefits.  When we are physically active, we can:

-  reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease
-  be more successful at controlling our weight and reducing stress
-  maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints
-  promote quality sleep
-  promote our psychological well-being
-  reduce feelings of depression and anxiety
-  reduce blood pressure that is already high

For overall health, the recommendation is that adults get 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on five or more days of each week.  For children, 60 minutes is the daily target, every day.

Research indicates that children today actually spend very little time exercising vigorously.  Children who are overweight are generally the least likely to participate in vigorous activity.  Adults can help turn this around by taking the lead to:

          - initiate walks, play games, and dancing with their children

          -  limit screen time (TV, computer, and mobile devices) to one to two hours per day

          -  remove TVs, computers and mobile devices from bedrooms

Set the example and model the behavior you want to see by eating smart and playing hard.

Adults and children spending time together doing physical activities is a great way to achieve some quality parent-child time, get fit, and set a positive example for healthy living.

Source:  NDSU Extension Service, On the Move to Better Health with More Physical Activity, Newsletter 3.   

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/en/walking-walk-sports-diet-exercise-1305111/ downloaded 1/31/17

         

 

 

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