One simple thing we can do to improve our overall health
We all lead busy lives, especially here in the heart of Silicon Valley. There are so many things that tie up our time including our families, our jobs, our friends, dinner parties, lunch meetings, and a whole slue of other time binding activities. With such extensive to-do lists that people find themselves facing every day, where does taking care of our health get put into the mix? So much of our time is consumed by doing things to help other people, but when do we make the time to help ourselves? What are you willing to do to improve your own health and longevity? What if I told you it was as easy as taking 30 minutes out of your busy day to do something for yourself?
As we all know, there are countless ways to improve our health. Eating right, proper hydration, and sleeping enough at night are just a few of these ways. I do not want to deemphasize any of these, as they are all important, however when you are trying to get the most bang for your buck there is one simple thing that can improve your health by leaps and bounds. What is it you ask? How much will it cost? Well, what if I told you it was free? That's right free, and readily available to everyone. That's because the answer is exercise, and not just any exercise, but simply walking.
Walking just 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week has been found to have many different benefits but to name just a few, walking has been found to:
-Decreasing symptom associated with knee arthritis by 47%
-Decrease anxiety at work and everyday life by 48%
-Decrease depression by 30%
This shows that walking not only has physical benefits on the body, but mental and emotional benefits as well. And this was only from walking for 2.5 hours per week out of the 168 hours there is in an entire week. That's less than 2% of your week, so what's holding you back? Often times when people are told by a healthcare professional that they need to exercise more they imagine high intensity, grueling, and sometimes even painful forms of exercise that makes us less than excited. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Below is a link to a video by Dr. Mike Evans, an associate professor of family medicine at University of Toronto. In his video he explains, in greater detail, all of the health benefits that are reaped when simply walking at a slow to moderate pace for 30 minutes per day. To summarize Dr. Evans whole video into one sentence, he finishes the video by simply stating, "I want you all to challenge yourself to limit your sitting and sleeping to only 23 1/2 hours per day." All Dr. Evans is asking for is 30 minutes of physical activity, and not even intense, heart-pumping, blood-rushing activity. A simple walk around the park will do just fine. Though 30 minutes of walking a day may not solve all of your health issues, it will bring with it tremendous benefits, especially to someone who leads a predominantly sedentary life. Even with good nutrition, proper hydration and regular check-ups with your doctor, all of it is nothing without some sort of physical activity. If you find yourself not getting an adequate amount of time of physical activity per week or have been apprehensive about starting a new exercise program I strongly encourage you to watch 23 1/2 hours. This short video could be the push you need to make a positive change to the improvement of not only your physical health but your mental and emotional health as well.
Dr. Dino Del Mastro, DC