The old myth of

The old myth of "no pain, no gain" and of long-distance jogging as the only way to achieve meaningful health results have been put into perspective. Research has shown that one can obtain its major health benefits with a minimum amount of effort and a minimum amount of time. Start with small, comfortable activities, for instance:
(1) Walking to your destination whenever feasible
(2) Taking the stairs rather than relying exclusively on elevators and escalators
(3) Doing more physical tasks around the house or yard." - Ann Landers
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If exercise is new for you, begin slowly, and keep in mind that there are a host of activities that you can try.

The American Heart Association has stated that a sedentary life-style is a risk factor for heart disease comparable to smoking, cholesterol abnormalities, and high blood pressure.

The Institute for Aerobics Research in Texas evaluated the fitness levels of more than 3,000 people and followed their progress for eight years. Keep your activity comfortable, keep it easy, and above all, keep it a part of your life. Physical exercise reduces stress, improves eating habits and weight control, increases good (HDL) cholesterol, and decreases triglyceride levels. Your senses come alive and are attuned more delicately when you engage in regular physical activity.
(4) Strolling around the block, around your neighborhood, in the park, at the mall."Opportunities are usually disguised.

When beginning an exercise program, choose an activity that you think will be fun. It is the most direct way for you to discover, or rediscover, the wonder of your body. It allows you to experience vitality and provides an immediate sense of control of your body's health and most people don't recognize them.. In addition to having its own inherent benefits, physical activity is a great physical and mental health facilitator, and wonderfully regenerative. Those who simply walked an average of 30 minutes a day decreased their risk of heart disease by almost half. While the sedentary did have a mortality substantially higher than the more fit, the dumbwaiter elevator principal benefits of physical activity came even after very little physical activity.

There is good news about actually doing physical activity. Try walking, cycling or doing aerobics with a friend, a family member or as part of a class. And, the benefits are not limited to heart disease alone.

Any physical exercise is better than none! Housework, gardening, shuffleboard--anything that causes us to move--is beneficial. The company may reinforce your commitment. Gradually work them into your daily life.
And, for those of you who have been sedentary most of your lives, the good news is that you have the most to gain from even the simplest physical activities.. It also pointed out that low-intensity physical activity, performed regularly, can lower the risk of heart disease. The evidence is clear: you can enjoy the benefits of physical activity with the equivalent of walking a half an hour a day, four or five days a week.
." - Lao-tzu

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