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Get Moving...The Benefits Will Last a Lifetime!


The benefits of physical activity are numerous and very well documented. Aside from substantially reducing the risk of dying of a heart attack, regular physical activity decreases the risk for stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain forms of cancer. Regular physical activity helps to build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints and reduces the risk of arthritis and osteoporosis. Regular physical activity helps reduce the symptoms of arthritis and degenerative joint disease and reduces the falls among older adults. Regular exercise has even been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. As overwhelming as these benefits are, the sad fact is that less than half American adults do not get enough physical activity to provide health benefits. Less than 25% of adults are not active at all in their leisure time. The good news is, it's never too late to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Activities performed at a higher intensity or longer duration generally offer greater health benefits; this however, may not be a realistic goal or starting point for everyone. Healthy benefits can be gained from activity as simple as a brisk 30 minute walk five or more times a week. Life can be busy and hectic but with a little creativity and planning every body can make room for physical activity. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Replace that coffee or cigarette break with a fitness break by talking a brisk walk or doing some stretches at your desk. Play with the kids or the dog. Instead of driving around to find the closest parking spot, park farther away and enjoy the walk. Remember when it comes to physical activity every little bit helps.

To reap the full health benefit of physical activity an exercise plan should address the five components of physical fitness as outlined by the Centers of Disease control. These five components include cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, and flexibility. In future columns we will more specifically address these individual components, as well other pertinent topics such as nutrition, weight management and injury prevention. Information that will help you stay Looking Better, Feeling Better, and Playing Better! But in the mean time?Get Moving!

Bill Scibetta, RN, NSCA-CPT

Bill is the founder and President of Precision Fitness - Personal Training Centers in the Charlotte, NC area and co-author of the book "Play Better Longer!" - Peak Performance and Injury Prevention for Golf. Bill is a licensed Registered Nurse as well as a National Strength and Conditioning Association - Certified Personal Trainer. After spending years practicing in the specialty of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Bill has dedicated his career to helping individuals identify and overcome obstacles that stand in the way of optimal wellness and peak physical performance.


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New York Times (blog)

The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life
New York Times (blog)
Exercise has had a Goldilocks problem, with experts debating just how much exercise is too little, too much or just the right amount to improve health and longevity. Two new, impressively large-scale studies provide some clarity, suggesting that the ...

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NJ.com

Massive 6-day disaster exercise at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst a first ...
NJ.com
LaTerra, a member of New Jersey's urban search and rescue team Task Force 1, was performing drills with his K-9 on Friday at what is known as "the pile" at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst as part of a massive six-day disaster training exercise.

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Kids pulled from school over anti-bullying exercise
The Union Leader
Katsikas said his wife went online and found an exercise on the Education World website, addressing the issue of a new classmate trying to fit in that calls for children to say something “mean” before tearing off a piece of the figure. After the ...



Florida Today

Training exercise simulates plane crash on base
Florida Today
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE –. Base firefighters waited at the edge of the runway for a "crippled airplane" coming in for a simulated emergency landing. It was an exercise that tested the response of firefighters, security forces, medical and other ...

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Business Insider

Celebrity trainer Tony Horton says this is the biggest mistake people make ...
Business Insider
Celebrity trainer Tony Horton says this is the biggest mistake people make starting an exercise program. Matt Johnston. Apr. 17, 2015, 1:30 PM; 17,182; 1 · facebook · linkedin · twitter; email; print. Tony Horton Dunn Pellier Media, Inc.

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Pensacola News Journal

Emerald Warrior exercise may cause noise
Pensacola News Journal
Air Force Special Operations Command aboard Hurlburt Field will host the annual Emerald Warrior exercise Monday through May 1, which may cause noise for residents in the surrounding areas. The exercise provides pre-deployment training for special ...



TIME

This Simple Exercise Will Make Sure You Spend Time on What Makes You Happy
TIME
Wake up. Go to work. Stay a little late. Come home. Make dinner. Go to bed. Do it all over again. It's so easy to get caught up in the daily grind. Before you know it, a week has passed, the month ends, the year is over, and you haven't done a thing ...



POPSUGAR

Do These 5 Things and See Strength-Training Results Faster
POPSUGAR
Ask celebrity trainer and Lift to Get Lean author Holly Perkins what the very best move is to strengthen and tone your arms, legs, butt, or [insert your trouble zone here], and she'll respond honestly: there's no single "best" exercise for any part of ...

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The Sentinel

Cumberland County completes TMI exercise
The Sentinel
The Cumberland County Department of Public Safety on Friday said it received notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that it successfully demonstrated all requirements of Tuesday's Three Mile Island nuclear power plant exercise.



GEMA exercise evaluates area's emergency preparedness
Daily Tribune News
Local agencies involved in the exercise Wednesday at the Clarence Brown Conference Center included Bartow Emergency Management, Bartow and Cartersville fire departments, Adairsville and Cartersville police departments, Cartersville Medical Center, ...


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