Incorporating Physical Activity

Monday, February 1, 2016

What is Physical Activity?
Physical activity is any form of exercise or movement of the body that uses energy. Some of your daily life activities—such as completing chores around the house, yard work, walking the dog, Yoga, and even Tai Chi—are just some examples.
Thinking about adding physical activity to your life, but not sure how to get started? Sometimes taking the first step is the hardest part.
Is something holding you back?
Think about reasons why you have not been physically active. Then try to come up with some ways to get past what is keeping you from getting active.
The most common excuses are:
  • I haven’t been active in a very long time.
Solution: Choose something you like to do. Many people find walking helps them get started. Before you know it, you will be doing more each day. Maybe incorporate a Yoga class or Tai Chi class. It’s an activity that allows you to move at your own pace, help strengthen your muscles and joints. For example, Tai Chi…not only will it help you physically, but will also benefit you with peace of mind, body and soul. It’s a great way to let go of all the daily stress and makes you happy spiritually.  AZPC sponsors Tai Chi classes in Casa Grande and effective March 1st also Mesa.
  • I don’t have the time.
It is recommended that you include 150 minutes per week.
That sounds like a lot, but that could be 30 minutes a day for 5 days. Break that into 2 15 minute sessions. You could start by taking a Walk during a break. Dance in the living room        to your favorite music. It all adds up.
Did you know?
When you are not physically active, you are more likely to:
  • Develop heart disease
  • Develop Type 2 diabetes
  • Experience high blood pressure
  • Develop high blood cholesterol
  • Experience a stroke
And that is just a start. Bones become brittle, muscles weaken and your energy level is low, making it more difficult to get through your day without the need of a 10 minute power nap or a quick sit-down break.
The good news?
People of all types, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active. If you have a disability, choosing to be physically active may help you overcome the daily issues of your condition. And even if you don’t have much time, some activity is better than none. The more you do, the greater the health benefits and the better you feel.