Exercise Now, No Excuses

Increasing your physical activity will make you feel better, look better, and reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Physical activity has been shown to be the strongest predictor of weight maintenance. Remember that every activity burns calories, so if you walk at a rate of 3–4 miles per hour, you will burn off a small vanilla ice cream cone or a small order of fries (about 250 calories) in an hour.

Although guidelines by various health organizations may differ, most recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days of the week. So what is moderate activity? Moderate activity is any activity that makes your heart rate increase slightly and makes you breathe as hard as you do during a brisk walk, without breaking into a sweat. Dancing, roller skating, yoga, doubles tennis, gardening, and leisurely bicycling are examples of moderate activity.

So why not exercise?

Here are some common excuses and responses:


If you don’t have a half-hour to exercise, just do 10 minutes of activity three times per day. Research shows that 5- to 10-minute bouts of exercise, with a total accumulation of 30 minutes of activity per day, contribute to physical and psychological health.


Many activities require little or no equipment. In fact, the most popular activity just requires a pair of shoes…walking at a pace of 3–4 miles per hour.


It has been shown that exercising boosts your energy level. Don’t procrastinate…plan activities early in the day so that you don’t feel too tired to exercise.


Just modify your everyday activities, such as using the stairs instead of the elevator or walking the corridors and stairwells of your workplace during your 10-minute break…or

Be flexible and choose a variety of activities that you enjoy.

Find an “exercise buddy” who will motivate you to exercise regularly.

Remember to start with moderate activity and gradually increase the duration, frequency, and intensity as you increase your fitness level. And don’t forget to enjoy yourself!!

Christiaan Janssens

CRO Akwa Wellness

22 April 2018

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