Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Yet in Massachusetts, 20.9% of adults report that during the past month, they had not participated in any physical activity.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults:
· Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves.
· Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights and using exercises bands – at least 2 days a week.
There are just too many benefits to an active lifestyle to ignore. Our obesity epidemic and the host of chronic diseases that can be combated by making activity a part of our lives are two big ones. Generally speaking, the main health benefits of exercise include: stress reduction/relaxation, improvement in energy levels and moods, maintenance of strong bones and joints, and prevention of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
Therefore, physical activity is for everyone. Throughout the month and beyond, HD Physical Therapy is encouraging children and their families to get up, get out and be active. Whether it’s running around on the blacktop before school, or walking around the neighborhood with your family after dinner, set aside time for some fun physical activity each day. Sign up for a fun run, try that new yoga class you’ve been eyeing, take your bike out on one of our local trails, or go for a leisurely stroll with friends or colleagues at lunchtime. May is usually a beautiful time of year in our area…get outside and take advantage of the weather!
At HD Physical Therapy, ADVANCE Magazine's 2013 ‘Best PT Practice Contest’ silver medalist, we are committed to the health and happiness of our patients. Everyday we work to restore each person's maximal function with consistency and compassion. Offering distinctive, inventive and proven rehabilitation treatment, our devoted professionals strive to deliver a successful and enjoyable experience to every patient we meet. HDPT proudly serves the communities of Wakefield, Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, Lynnfield, Saugus, Melrose, Peabody, Stoneham, the North Shore, and Essex County, Massachusetts. For more information about HD Physical Therapy, please call 781-587-0776, or visit www.HDPTonline.com.