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Overcome the lure of the sofa
Knee-deep snow and frigid temperatures make us want to ditch our workout routines as we feel the appealing lure of the sofa.
We all know that regular exercise reduces risk for heart disease, helps with weight loss, improves cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and increases energy, but physical activity can also make you feel stronger and more alive. It's a fun way to spend time with family and friends.
So before reaching for the excuse file, remember that some exercise is better than none, more is better than some, and too much is difficult to get.*
There are plenty of ways to stay active during the cold months - go ice skating or cross-country skiing with family or friends, or bundle up and take the dog for a walk. If you prefer to stay indoors, buy or rent an exercise DVD, walk at the mall, take a dance class, or join a fitness center or a community sports league. Even household chores count as exercise. These are all big steps in the right direction.
If you’re ready to begin an exercise regimen:
The Surgeon General recommends 30 minutes of moderate level activity on most days of the week. If you can’t do 30 minutes at one time, you can still reap the benefits by breaking it up into 10-minute segments. Do a little more each time. Once you feel comfortable, do it more often.
It’s up to you how often you exercise, but the key is making physical activity a regular, fun part of your life. Start slowly and build your endurance. And as soon as you start seeing results, you'll be even more motivated to keep doing it.
Exercise helps strengthen your heart and reduces your risk for heart disease. Do you know how many gallons of blood your heart will pump or how many times it will beat today? Get your personalized my heart today report.
When you begin exercising, you’ll hear all kinds of talk about intensity levels — light, moderate and vigorous. What does it all mean? Below you’ll find examples of activities and their intensity levels.
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Race walking, jogging or running
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