Regular daily exercise is a very most important step toward a healthier lifestyle, Behar added. Regular exercise is one of the top lifestyle changes you can make to improve your appearance, improve your health and reduce your risk to several preventable diseases and conditions.
“People don’t realize you can get many significant benefit from regular physical activity even if you do not need to lose weight,” says Behar. The benefits of daily physical activity include a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease (heart disease), stroke, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol levels, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, obstructive sleep apnea, osteoporosis, osteopenia, and other bone and joint conditions.
Regular physical activity boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good," cholesterol while decreasing triglycerides. Exercise can also help improves your mood by stimulating various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Regular exercise can reduce stress and stress related diseases. Regular physical activity can help prevent depression. Regular physical activity can also help you lose weight, change your body composition, boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem!
Behar, is the president of MyBesthealthPortal.com, and MuscleMagFitness.com; two very popular health, fitness and anti aging information sites. Behar, a former natural competitive bodybuilder, renown health and fitness author and a sought after personal trainer to the stars offers several tips for how to increase daily physical activity:
Set a goal of 30 – 45 minutes a day, five days a week of physical activity. It doesn’t need to be all at once. Studies show that 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there still provides health benefits, as long as the exercise is done at moderate intensity.
Find exercise activities that you enjoy doing. You are more likely to exercise if it is a physical activity that you enjoy doing.
Join a local gym or health club. The key here is local. Local to your home or work so you can spend more time exercising and less time commuting. If the health club is close and convenient you are more likely to exercise more frequently.
Take advantage of your lunch time. Another way to increase your daily activity is to exercise at lunchtime. Keep a pair of walking shoes at your desk, and take a brisk walk during your lunch break.
Start walking. For most people, the easiest and most efficient way to incorporate regular exercise into their daily routine is to start walking. Behar suggest, parking your car further away from your office, or the store. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or finding a lunchtime walking buddy. While dedicated workouts are great, physical activity you accumulate throughout the day still can improve your health, and help you burn calories, too.
Wear a pedometer. Recent studies have shown that people wearing pedometers increase their activity level by 25 percent.
Walk your dog. If you have a dog, walking the dog is another way to increase daily physical activity.
Ride a bike with friends. Riding a bike is a great way to get some exercise, reduce stress, and by scheduling the physical activity with a friend, or family member you are makinga commitment. makinga commitment or appointment to exercise increases the liklihood that you will exercise.
Play with your kids. Chasing around or playing with children is a great way to not bond with your children, but it is also a great way of adding daily physical activity into your routine.
Make an appointment. Block off times for physical activity, and make sure your friends and family are aware of your commitment. Scheduling time to exercise with a friend, family member, co-worker or even a personal trainer is a good way of making daily exercise a priority in your life.