“Physical Fitness – a dynamic physical state compromising cardiovascular/pulmonary endurance, muscle strength, power, endurance, and flexibility; relaxation; and body composition that allows optimal and efficient performance of daily and leisure activities.” Physical inactivity is the leading contributor to increased mortality and morbidity, physical therapists are exercise experts across the lifespan and physical therapists promote physical activity and exercise.

With the New Year, we rush to the gym determined to burn off those holiday calories and work toward our New Year’s resolutions. But unfortunately, studies show that more than half of those who join a gym will drop out in 3-6 months. If we can stay consistent, that creates a habit and a habit creates a healthier lifestyle.

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn, the more calories you burn, the more weight you lose. Regular exercise helps prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, arthritis and falls. Physical activity stimulates numerous brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more at ease. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise frequently, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

Exercise and physical activity can be enjoyable. It gives you a chance to wind down, enjoy the outdoors or merely engage in activities that make you happy. I love to lift weights, for Sherri its running. So whether it’s a 5k, yoga, or a spin class; get out there, and get active!


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