Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Improve Your Health with Regular Exercise
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that only 20% of Americans over the age of eighteen meet the recommended guidelines for regular aerobic and strength training exercises. Individuals who do not exercise regularly are at an increased risk of disease and early mortality. As fitness professionals, it is crucial that we inform the public about the risks associated with living a sedentary lifestyle. Three common diseases related to inactivity are:
1. Type 2 Diabetes - In the United States 25.8 million people live with diabetes. A combination of regular strength training and aerobic exercise can decrease the risk for Type 2 Diabetes by reducing your body fat percentage, which in turn improves your insulin sensitivity.
2. Heart Disease - This is the number one killer of Americans! Regular exercise can decrease the risk for heart disease by preventing (or lowering) high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high glucose levels and by promoting a proper body mass index.
3. Osteoporosis - This disease is responsible for 1.5 million fractures a year in the United States. Weight-bearing exercises and strength training support increased bone density and help slow the effects of bone loss as you age.
With regular aerobic exercise and strength training you can improve your quality of life. So get out there and move!