It’s no mystery that about half of all Americans 18 and over, do not get the recommended physical activity. And it also shouldn’t come as a surprise that with the New Year, many people have set resolutions to get more fit, more active, or to start a new trendy diet.
While it is always great to start the New Year off on the right foot, be careful not to fall into the trap of fads or trends, or to jump head first into a new diet or exercise regimen and not be able to sustain it.
Instead, take things slowly and carve out short periods of time, multiples times a week, for physical activity.
According to America’s Family Physicians, there are many benefits to regular exercise, including:
- Reduces your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, and obesity
- Keeps joints, tendons, and ligaments flexible, which makes it easier to move around
- Reduces some effects of aging, especially the discomfort of osteoarthritis
- Contributes to mental well-being
- Helps relieve depression, stress, and anxiety
- Increases your energy and endurance
- Helps you sleep better
- Helps you maintain a normal weight by increasing your metabolism (the rate you burn calories)
Are you ready to set the right fitness goals this New Year? Your R-Health doctor can help you develop an individualized plan.
Dr. Steve Horvitz is R-Health’s Medical Director and one of the physician’s taking part in the NJ SHBP / SEHBP program.