Get moving! That’s what health experts say is important for better health and a longer life. And the good news is, even a small amount of exercise makes a big difference to your health.
Every Little Bit of Exercise Counts
Typical exercise recommendations are pretty high: 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. What if you don’t meet these recommendations? A new study reports that exercise in much more modest amounts is still of great benefit.
Just 15 minutes per day of moderate physical activity—such as taking a walk—can lower your risk of death by 22%, according to a new study by Dr. David Hupin of the University Hospital of Saint-Etienne in France. The study monitored people older than 60, but previous studies have shown similar benefits in younger people.
The more exercise you do, the greater the benefits, the study said. But the biggest benefit was seen in the lowest level of activity—the equivalent of a 15-minute brisk walk each day.
Start Small and Build Your Exercise Routine
People may defer exercise because they can’t or don’t want to exercise vigorously. But starting small and working your way up to more vigorous exercise can make you feel much better and live longer.
Change your habits gradually; start small. If you have been living a sedentary lifestyle, add a little walking to your daily routine for better health and longevity.
If you have pain or stiffness that restricts exercise, call King Chiropractic today at (910) 777-7228. Our chiropractic services can help relieve pain, improve performance, and restore range of motion so you can reap the benefits of a full exercise program.
Here’s Where to Take Walk in Wilmington, NC
You can start your exercise program by walking down your own block. When you’re ready to expand your horizons, try some of these areas that are great places to take a walk:
- The Loop at Wrightsville Beach: This scenic and social 2.45-mile course covers land and water.
- Greenfield Lake Park: Walk around Greenfield Lake—it’s 4 miles—or just part of the way for a shady, paved stroll on asphalt.
- Halyburton Park: The 1.3-mile asphalt path is crisscrossed by wooded sand paths throughout the park.
- Ogden Park: A mile-long accessible path circles the park and ball fields.
- Airlie Gardens: There’s always something blooming at the 67-acre park with meandering asphalt walking trails.
- Riverwalk: Take a stroll along the Cape Fear River downtown on a boardwalk with many benches for resting.
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