Make physical activity part of your daily life

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By Daniel Crum, Health Educator BC Health Department

 For some people, “exercise” is a dirty word. 

The fact remains, however, that almost everyone can improve their health through physical activity. Regular physical activity can substantially reduce the risk of developing or dying from heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure. 

Research has also linked regular physical activity to the prevention of breast cancer, stroke, and osteoporosis. It strengthens bones, builds muscles, improves circulation, and helps maintain a healthy weight. 

Physical activity can also improve mental health by relieving stress and reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Despite these benefits, however, approximately 60 percent of the world’s population fails to achieve the minimum recommended amount of physical activity each day.

To maximize health benefits, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity like walking each week. 

It is also recommended to include at least two days of muscle strengthening activities that work legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms. 

If 150 minutes sounds like too much for you, remember you can break it down into 10 minute segments spread throughout the week. The important thing is to include physical activity as a part of your daily routine.

Starting a routine that fits into your lifestyle and is enjoyable for you will greatly increase your chances of success. 

Physical activity is also a great way to spend time with friends and family. 

By including family members in regular physical activity, you are sharing with them a healthy habit and creating new family traditions.

Regular physical activity can help you live a longer, healthier life for both yourself and those you love. The best part is that physical activity does not have to be difficult or take up much of your day to improve your health. Starting slowly and building gradually will put you on the path to better health. 

So turn off the TV, move away from that computer, grab your sneakers, and move it!

The Bullitt County Coalition for Recreation, Education, and Wellness (C.R.E.W.) has been encouraging community members to get out and get fit with several programs including a Weight Loss Competition for the County.

So far these competitions have helped Bullitt County lose a grand total of 816 lbs.

Each of these eight- week competitions will cost $10 to register, and includes a toolkit on how to lose weight containing health information, exercises, meal plans, and passes to local fitness centers. 

Exercise classes will be available at the Bullitt County Health Department throughout the eight weeks, including Zumba.

Registration for the next will be Jan. 8-10 at the Bullitt County Health Department Community Room. 

For more information contact the Bullitt County Health Education Department at (502) 955-5355.