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Physical Activity

August 5, 2015

How can physical activity become a way of life?

If you aren’t in the habit of being physically active, you’re probably being told you should start.  That’s because regular physical activity reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.  It also helps you reduce or control other risk factors – high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, excess body weight and diabetes.

But the benefits don’t stop there. You may look and feel better, become stronger and more flexible, have more energy, and reduce stress and tension. The time to start is now!

How do I start?

• Talk to your doctor at Belize Medical Associates about a physical activity plan that’s right for you if:
– you’ve been inactive a long time or have medical problems
– you’re middle-aged or older, and
– you’re planning a relatively vigorous exercise program.

• Choose activities you enjoy. Pick a starting date that fits your schedule and gives you enough time to begin your program, like a Saturday.

• Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

• Start slowly – don’t overdo it!

• Try to exercise at the same time so it becomes a regular part of your lifestyle
– For example, you might exercise every day (during your lunch hour) from 12:00 to 12:30.

• Drink lots of water before, during and after each exercise session.

• Ask a friend to start a program with you – use the buddy system!

• Note the days you exercise and write down the distance or length of time of your workout and how you feel after each session.

• If you miss a day, plan a make-up day. Don’t double your exercise time during your next session.