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Summer is a great time to increase your fitness level for a better quality of life. Fitness should involve more than just improving your appearance; it is really about maintaining your health. Please remember to talk to your doctor before starting any exercise Regimen.
Aerobic exercise – loosely defined as any physical activity that makes your muscles, heart and lungs work harder – is best. Walking is one of the safest, most effective and easiest forms of exercise. Experts say 30 minutes of walking 3-5 times a week can bring about significant improvements in your fitness level.
Walking can lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure while helping to maintain bone density and strengthen muscles. It also boosts your metabolism, helping your body burn more calories. Exercise releases mood-elevating endorphins.
A pedometer can help keep you accountable in your goal to become more active. It accurately counts your steps. You can get them for as little as $10 at Walmart. The more sophisticated ones cost around $30-40. Daily step count roughly correlates with these activity levels:
Less than 5,000 steps = sedentary
5,000-7,499 = low activity
7,500-9,999 = somewhat active
10,000-12,499 = active
12,500 or more = highly active
I recently discovered on days I do not purposely exercise I get less than 2,000 steps. YIKES! I GOTTA GET MOVING! Lets Go!