Exercise basics: 30 minutes for well-being and feeling great

Monday, August 01, 2011 • Bethel, CT 06801-1407


We’ve heard the recent news reports saying that a sedentary or inactive lifestyle increases the risk of heart disease.


Wait, there’s good news too: regular exercise, especially aerobic, may reduce those risks. Not only does exercise burn calories; it also helps control cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure, plus it strengthens the heart muscle.


It’s easy to maintain fitness levels. All of the big name organizations and fitness professionals the world over say: aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a minimum of five days a week.


Why? Here are the basics:


  • Regular exercise helps us maintain physical fitness and good health. It reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other diseases.


  • Aerobic exercise improves stamina by training our bodies to become more efficient and use less energy for the same amount of work. As conditioning level builds, heart rate and breathing returns to resting levels sooner. That means, don’t give up because it gets easier over time.


  • Using weights and other forms of resistance training builds muscles, increasing strength and endurance. Posture improves as muscles become firm and toned.


  • Stretching is also important for good posture. And, stretching keeps us limber for injury-free bending, reaching, and twisting. Being flexible cuts the chance of injury and it improves balance and coordination. What’s more, focusing on flexibility may help relieve stiff, tense areas, and help us feel relaxed.


  • Overall exercise eases stress, lifts mood, and helps induce better sleep quality too.


All of the essentials for a healthy long life of feeling great thanks to just 30 minutes of exercise a day.


Talk with a physician before beginning an exercise program. Visit a local fitness facility, browse the ACE GETFIT website, and check back often to read my blog.