Whatever form of physical activity you are engaged in, however little it may be, ensure you are consistent at it!
Much has been written about the effects of exercise and health in general. But what you may not know is there are good studies showing improvements in many health parameters with regular physical activity.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, adults should be physically active seven days a week. Not unexpectedly, some in the popular media attacked this as 'not doable by most adults'. But the fact is, the more sedentary our lives become, the worse our health becomes. For example, we know that metabolism slows with as little as 90 minutes of continued sitting at your desk.
As your metabolism slows, you become much more efficient at making fat than you do burning it. And as a regular reader, you know that poor metabolism can lead to the development of neuropathy, type II diabetes, and illnesses with debilitating health effects. But you can boost your metabolism with a workout at the gym or a stroll in the morning—and eat properly (a lot of protein) —but sitting all day without moving will negatively impact your health. This small change in your routine can be the game changer in your life, helping you to burn more calories, invariably speeding up your body metabolism.
Typically, inactivity has an array of adverse health effects. The risk of cancer, risk of metabolic diseases such as dyslipidemia, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, obesity, heart diseases including coronary artery disease and heart attack, stroke, and musculoskeletal diseases such as kneel pain and osteoporosis can all be linked to inactivity. So, what’s the solution?
In simple terms, it’s important to get as much physical activity as you possibly can. In times of illness, or recovering from surgery or accidents, this may simply mean getting from bed to bathroom more often. As recovery continues, you must push and move as much as possible.
For patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy of the feet, using bicycles and similar low-impact equipment can be very beneficial. But whatever you do, make sure you are consistent at it! Even just five minutes an hour can add up at the end of your day. Not only will you feel better, but you will drastically decrease your chances of developing a host of terminal diseases.
We Are Here for You
You don’t need to be alone in your pursuit of well-being. Our team is always available to help. If you'd like to schedule the next available evaluation to find out which options are likely best for you, just go HERE.