The New Year inevitably shows up every January and with the new year come the goals that we set for ourselves. These goals can sometimes be ‘travel more’ or ‘be nicer’ or ‘be more generous’, but usually they are goals to improve something about ourselves. Stop smoking, eat less, move more. Although these goals are common they are so very important. Improvement of your overall health reaps huge rewards seen, unseen and felt.
Top consultant neurosurgeon, Peter Hamlyn, founder of the Brain & Spine Foundation and medical adviser to the 2012 Olympics, says:
"Inactivity kills. If it came in a packet it would carry a government health warning. And let's be clear, we are not concerned here about obesity but inactivity. Only six per cent of heart attacks are due to obesity, whereas a staggering 40 per cent are due to inactivity. If we exercised more there would be less diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, falls in the elderly (causing broken hips) and even less bladder and bowel cancer. Simple exercise could cut heart attacks and strokes by 30 per cent. No drug or bypass can do that".
Setting fitness goals can be as easy as taking a walk three times a week around your neighborhood…walking is a low-impact, low-risk and low-cost activity. That’s it, if you’re not moving now, just taking a 20 minute walk will vastly improve your health. You’ll strengthen your heart, your lungs will become more efficient and you’ll lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels too, and bonus – weight loss. ALL that JUST by walking.
And, don’t think you won’t have time. Schedule your 20 minute walk like you would anything else on your calendar. It can be done morning, noon or night, by yourself, with a loved one, or co-worker. And, as with all fitness goals it’s important to:
Write it down
Make it manageable
Keep a schedule