Exercise is a key factor in achieving optimal health; it's particularly important for controlling your blood sugar and normalizing your insulin levels. Viewing exercise as a drug that needs to be properly prescribed and "taken" at a proper dosage can help people understand the affects of exercise in a world where taking prescription drugs is very “normal." When done correctly, exercise can act as a substitute for drugs used for diabetes, heart disease and depression. It also gives you more energy, strength and endurance in your normal activities of daily living. And who doesn’t want to look slim & trim?
According to the latest research, about 79% of Americans do not get the federally recommended weight training or aerobic exercise. The recommendation is at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity AND muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups at least twice per week.
Drug companies are actually trying to find a “pill” that does the same as exercise. Obviously the obesity rate is larger than it has ever been and many people struggle with weight issues. But to think that an “exercise pill” will be able to save you from the hassle of having to break a sweat is just as delusional as believing that swallowing a pill will solve your weight loss challenge.
If you are one of those that need help with weight loss or just want to get the benefits of exercise, the Y has lots of options to choose from. With any exercise class or program, results are achieved when the person is committed to make exercise part of their lifestyle. Just like a prescription drug, if you don’t take it regularly it can’t help you. The Y staff will encourage you to make exercise a habit and cheer when you accomplish your goals. Check out the fall program guide and find something new that speaks to you. Make exercise your drug of choice!
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