Physical activity - the most under-prescribed medicine. Not only good for your heart, but also your brain. Good news - physical activity doesn’t require a gym! Learn how to build physical activity into your work day and still reap the benefits.
We are made to move. Physical activity is great for everybody, regardless of weight status. It strengthens bones and muscles; increases productivity, attentiveness, and creativity; improves mental health and mood; reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome; and improves cognitive functioning and ability to do daily activities. Regular physical activity also increases our chances of living longer. Unfortunately, however, we’ve engineered physical activity out of our daily lives and must find a way to weave it back in. It is the most under-prescribed medicine. The CDC recommends that adults engage in 150 minutes each week of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Although this sounds like a lot, it’s only 2 1/2 hours per week (about the same amount of time you might spend watching a movie). The good news is that you don't have to do it all at once and it doesn’t require a gym. You can spread your physical activity out during the week into increments as small as 5-10 minutes - small bouts add up! With full schedules and busy lives, learn how to build physical activity into your schedule and still reap all the benefits.
Rory Beil is the Director of CassClayAlive for Dakota Medical Foundation. It is a two county collaboration striving to make Fargo Moorhead the healthiest place in the nation to raise children. Rory moonlights as the head girls’ track and field coach at Fargo Davies and as the Caped Carrot Crusader. He is an avid bicycle commuter, vegetable gardener, and a perpetual adventure seeker. He is married to Dawn. They have three children.
Alyssa Gullekson is the CassClayAlive! Program Coordinator at Dakota Medical Foundation. Alyssa heads YouthProgramsAlive!, the Snacktivism movement, and helps lead and guide initiatives in schools and other community settings. She has a background in Community Health Education and a passion for challenging the status quo to create a culture that promotes healthy living. From the small town of Fertile, Minnesota, Alyssa enjoys time with family, the outdoors, adventure, and healthy experiments in the kitchen.
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