Motivational Facts to get you Moving!
Exercise Can Save You Time and Money! Motivational Facts to get you Moving
By Julie Johnson, Cardiac Rehab Nurse and Wellness Coach
The many benefits of exercise has been well documented: it lowers the blood pressure, increases the good cholesterol (HDL), lowers the bad cholesterol (LDL), it helps with stress, it helps decrease your risk factors for heart disease and stroke, helps maintain an ideal body weight, decreases depression, as well as decreases the risk for colon and breast cancer, just to name a few. However, finding the motivation to get you moving and keep you going is often difficult. Being a cardiac rehab nurse and wellness coach I have heard just about every excuse not to exercise; I’m too busy, to old, I can’t afford it, I have too many health issues, I’ve tried it and it doesn’t work for me, the list goes on and on and for a select few exercise may not be an option. However, for those of you that can exercise and have the clearance by a physician, the following facts may get you up and moving the next time you reach for the snooze button on your alarm and put off exercising one more day.
Here are some motivational facts to consider:
1. Exercising could actually SAVE you time
How can that be! Many of us are overworked, over-scheduled, and feel that we can’t fit 30 minutes into our current routine. Consider this, the average individual or patient let’s say, that suffers from a chronic health condition such as heart disease, or diabetes will spend at least TWO hours per day on a health related activity as a result of that condition. If this condition is not well under control, chances are that individual will be spend even more time managing that condition. Time spent today is time saved tomorrow.
2. Add years to your life. How about seven years?
Current research suggest that participating in 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week could add 7.2 years to your life. Even exercising just 15 minutes per day has proven to add years to ones life. Chances are if you’re taking the time to exercise and eating properly those could be good quality years.
3. It can save you money. $40,000?
How can joining a gym, and exercising possibly save me money, you ask? Your first thought may be, I’m missing some time from work, and lost work means lost money? Let’s say you had a heart attack that required hospitalization, in some states, the out of pocket expenses can cost upwards of $40,000. How about diabetes? This can cost as much as $4,000 per year of out of pocket expenses. Have you considered what it would cost if a diagnosis needs to be treated out of your current state? What about travel expenses? Lodging? A clean respected hotel cost about $100 per night. A gym membership, or a simple pair of sneakers would be much less expensive.
4. Prevents some chronic diseases and cancer
If we continue down this current trend of disease and treatments related to them, it is projected that by the year 2023 there will be a 42% increase of chronic illnesses. That’s almost a 50% increase. Although not all diseases are preventable, and exercise won’t change your genes, you can control some of those risk factors. Dr. Chi Pang Wen, lead author in a study conducted in Taiwan on this matter, indicates that even 15 minutes of exercise per day can reduce your risk of cancer and add three years to your life. He indicates that for every 15 minutes of exercise per day, you can reduce your risk by one percent. Although Wen’s study had some limits, I think that the mere fact that he included 400,000 participants in his study for a period if 12 years is pretty impressive and points to some positive changes with even a small amount of time.
Many people feel trapped, as if they can’t find the time or motivation to keep them going. The bottom line is this, if you don’t make a decision to take the time out today to exercise and take care of your total health, eventually, the decision will be made for you. Then the doctor/hospital visits start, the co-pays will begin, and you may find more reasons not to get up and exercise. It can become a vicious cycle.
We here at Total Health Pharmacists are here to help
We want to help you achieve your highest level of total health and wellness. It’s not just the diet, exercise or medications, it’s a lifestyle change. It’s you, totally, as an individual, and we want to help you to achieve your highest level of health!
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