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Warmer weather naturally makes a lot of us more likely to get moving. Use this as an opportunity to make small modifications to your daily activities that can turn into long-term changes.
“Exercise has a plethora of health benefits, there is research that shows physical activity can reduce the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes in the long term,” noted Matthew Kaiser, MD, a family medicine provider at PeaceHealth in Springfield, Oregon. Dr. Kaiser also shared that exercise can make you feel good right now by reducing anxiety, depression and improving cognitive function.
It’s recommended that people of all ages – both kids and adults – get at least 30-60 minutes of exercise each day.
Start by making a date with yourself. Plan out your exercises for the week on Sunday so you’re making a commitment to yourself. Also consider ways to sneak in fitness throughout the day.
Here are some fun ideas for exercise as the weather gets warmer:
Weekly “chores” can be great exercise too. Mowing or raking the lawn or washing your car are two ways to mark something off your to-do list and get some moderate exercise.
Make exercising a family affair.
If you struggle with physical health, or if you have a heart condition that prevents you from being able to exercise regularly, PeaceHealth is here to help. Our primary care physicians can make sure you are active in a way that works for you. And our cardiology teams are standing by to help you manage your heart health.