I have said it before, and it bears repeating…America is getting fatter. If only there were no side effects of being overweight! But sadly, there are. The so called “metabolic syndrome” which consists of high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low HDL or “good cholesterol”, high fasting blood sugar, and high waist circumference (waist greater than 88 cm in women, 102 cm in men) is associated with higher risk of diabetes and heart disease. I am not “fat shaming”, I am being real. It’s time to boost how much we exercise.
My pals at the American College of Sports Medicine give us a little help! Basically, they prove that doing any exercise, even it is just a few minutes though the day, adds up. Now, let’s be clear here. I am not saying that all you need to do is a few minutes of exercise per day! Nope, you still need to do at least 150 minutes per week (exercise most days). It just doesn’t matter if you do it in 4 minute episodes through out the day.
So practically, what does this mean? For increased levels of fitness and health, do your regular work outs, and any time you have just a few minutes, MOVE! As my mom used to say to my brother and I, “Don’t just stand there! Do something!”
PS: attached is a picture of me stretching my leg on the “posterior” stretching machine at the Y. It really works well, and I recommend trying it if you have access. It has really helped my knee.