Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

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.


MORE RESOURCES:

WBUR

Why To Exercise Today: Avoid Brain Shrinkage As You Age
WBUR
After reviewing exercise data taken from more than 1,200 adults who were around 40 years old — a subset of the Framingham Heart Study — researchers found that twenty years later when these same individuals underwent MRI scans, those with “lower ...
Fit Body at 40 May Keep Brain Bright at 60WebMD
Seniors with fastest aging brains have worst physical fitnessSeniorJournal.com

all 31 news articles »


New York Times (blog)

One Twin Exercises, the Other Doesn't
New York Times (blog)
Identical twins in Finland who shared the same sports and other physical activities as youngsters but different exercise habits as adults soon developed quite different bodies and brains, according to a fascinating new study that highlights the extent ...



Exercise May Boost Size of Some Brain Regions
U.S. News & World Report
THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may increase the size of brain regions that contribute to balance and coordination, preliminary research suggests. The small new study in twins found that those who exercised more had increased ...

and more »


CBS News

Exercise is not enough to protect heart against stress
CBS News
Teens who have trouble coping with stress may face an increased risk for future heart trouble that even exercise can't erase, a new study suggests. "It looks like the inability to cope well with stress contributes to the risk of heart disease," said ...
Stress May Undermine Heart Benefits of ExerciseWebMD
Coping With Stress May Be As Key to Heart Health As ExerciseMonthly Prescribing Reference
Public Release: 4-Mar-2015 Exercise benefits when young could be ...EurekAlert (press release)

all 38 news articles »


NPR (blog)

Walk A Little Faster To Get The Most Out of Your Exercise Time
NPR (blog)
Some people — who are they? — have no problem fitting regular aerobic exercise into their lives. The rest of us want to know how much we have to exercise to see health benefits. Now we have some answers: You may want to go just a tad longer and ...
Any Exercise Is Good, High Intensity Is Better: ResearchersNewsmax
Fat Burning Is Maximized With High Intensity ExerciseGuardian Liberty Voice
Any Exercise Is Good, But Higher-Intensity May Be BetterU.S. News & World Report

all 45 news articles »


Care2.com

Don't Skip This Crucial (and Easy!) Part of Your Exercise Routine
Care2.com
Everyone embarking on a resistance exercise program is looking to achieve a better proportion of muscle to fat. The trick is making sure you follow a routine that builds and strengthens muscles instead of mistakenly burning muscle. The missing ...



Dorm exercise equipment would reduce stress
NYU Washington Square News
The American Heart Association recommends adults get 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week — a reasonable amount to fit into a college student's lifestyle. It may mean less time spent sleeping, studying or watching Netflix, but exercise is proven ...



Lifehacker

​Eight (S)exercises to Boost Your Bedroom Strength
Lifehacker
Whether we want to admit or not, exercise and sex are inextricably linked. We exercise to look better and feel better about ourselves (among other reasons, of course) in hopes of it translating to more sex. But you can also exercise to have better sex ...

and more »


Gizmag

Researchers discover hormone that mimics diabetes-preventing effects of exercise
Gizmag
All manner of weird and wonderful exercise contraptions pushed on late night infomercials are testament to people's desire for faster and easier ways to get the benefits of exercise – whether said contraptions are effective or not. But now researchers ...
Scientists discover hormone that mimics exerciseNew York Daily News
Scientists discover a hormone that gives you the same benefits as exerciseDaily Mail
New Hormone Discovered That Curbs Weight Gain, Diabetes Just Like ExerciseTIME
Futurity: Research News -USC News -Popular Science
all 49 news articles »


Twin Study Reveals How Exercise Dramatically Affects Body and Brain
Newsmax
Researchers who studied 10 pairs of twins — who shared the same physical activities as youngsters but developed different exercise habits as adults — were found to have dramatically different bodies and brains as they grew older, The New York Times ...

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.