January 30, 2014
Health Insights Articles
Truckloads of research studies
prove that exercise improves health, longevity, and quality of life. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports
Medicine (CDC/ACSM) recommend that adults accumulate at least 30 minutes of
moderate-intensity physical activity on five or more days per week or a minimum
of 20 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise 3 days of the week. That’s for ALL
adults, not just those who feel like it! Kids, too, should exercise. CDC/ACSM
recommends 60 minutes of daily activity for children.
The benefits of exercise are
overwhelming. For example, regular aerobic exercise improves heart and lung
function. Keeping vital passageways to the heart and brain open and viable is
paramount. Exercise keeps the mind alert and the eyes able to see. People who
exercise regularly fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. They spend less
time at the doctor’s office and burn more calories while they sit. Exercisers
enjoy lower blood pressure readings, lower blood cholesterol levels, and lower
heart rates. They tend to live longer than those who don’t exercise, and they
have fun doing it!
If you’re not sure how to start an exercise
program the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Fitness Center at Southampton
Hospital is here to help. Our programs
are led by certified and caring staff members who specialize in exercise
training for people with heart disease or anyone who wants to reduce their risk
of heart disease.
If you have a goal we will help
you get there! Call (631) 726-8620 for more information.
Healthy individuals can benefit
from fitness classes and nutritional counseling at The Ed & Phyllis DavisWellness Institute. Call (631) 726-8800 for more information or visit www.hamptonswellnessinstitute.com.