For Better Health in New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day

Thirty minutes is all it takes, says exercise expert

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MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2010 (HealthDay News) -- Want to feel more fit in 2010?

A professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., says adding a half hour of exercise a day is the key to a healthier lifestyle.

"People don't realize you can get tremendous benefit from regular physical activity even if you never lose a pound," Peter Brubaker in a news release from the school.

Brubaker, director of the healthy exercise and lifestyle programs at Wake Forest, has these suggestions about how to get more exercise each day:

  • Don't feel like you need to exercise all at once. A few minutes here and there can add up to what you need.
  • Walk. It's efficient and easy. If you wear a pedometer to track your mileage, studies suggest you'll boost your activity.
  • Find ways to get exercise in your daily routine through things like taking the stairs.
  • Track your exercise in a journal and don't worry so much about weight loss. If you do want to shed pounds, 60 minutes of exercise a day is a good place to start.
  • Try a variety of activities and challenge your family and friends to join you in exercising 30 minutes a day.
  • Set realistic expectations. Change takes time.

More information

The National Institutes of Health has exercise tips.

SOURCE: Wake Forest University, press release, December 2009

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