Where to start? Let's walk it over...

What’s the best place to start when you want to help your health? Nutrition, stress management, sleep, smoking cessation, a check-up at the Drs office, and physical activity all jump to mind. Adjusting our behaviors and sometimes our thoughts can impact how we feel as well.

In every case it’s challenging to change our habits and lifestyle. Ice cream is good, so is the couch; Netflix keeps us up late, alarms wake us up early. Stress and injuries are often a part of our lives and doesn’t feel all that optional.

I did some research and I went looking for something that involves minimum change and maximum benefit. I found a quintessential doozy, and I’m hoping it will add to your motivation bank. 

So what is said doozy? Well, I’ll build suspense and start off by talking about the results you can expect…

It helps your physical health: it reduces the occurrence and improves the symptoms of diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, arthritis, and cardiovascular problems.

It helps your mental health: it significantly improves mood and cognition; it decreases depression and anxiety; and it drastically reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia.

It furthermore helps the all-important Quality Of Life: enough said.

So what is this magical medicine? 

It’s Physical Activity!

And how much of it does one need to realize all these miraculous health outcomes?

Only 30 minutes of it a day.

How intense does it need to be?

A brisk walk is just fine. No heavy breathing/sweating necessary.

 

I hope that sounds like a worthwhile proposal. I’ve heard it reframed to this excellent question:

“How would you feel about limiting your sitting and sleeping to just 23.5 hours a day?”