I was happy to see the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion release its new Physical Activity Guidelines, with a Top 10 list to convince you to get moving. There are many, many benefits of physical activity: improved sleep and weight maintenance along with reducing your risk of dementia, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and 8 types of cancer. It can even help you manage pain and symptoms of conditions you already have. There is also a strong relationship between being sedentary (sitting all day at a computer, TV, or other screen – sound familiar?) and increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.
Just One Thing to do: Add movement to your day by standing every hour, stretching every half hour, taking the stairs whenever possible, and even doing old school calisthenics while watching TV.