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Pick Your Promise: Exercise

Your body is meant for movement. Unfortunately, most of us spend a good portion of our days leading a sedentary life. While we are quick to notice the outward, physical changes a sedentary lifestyle has, we are less likely to observe the effects it has on our heart.

The chances of heart disease, the number one killer of women, can be decreased drastically just by adopting an exercise routine. Not only will you see your body build muscle and slim down, but your heart will also strengthen, which will thus affect the rest of your body’s performance.

So what if you’re not a marathon runner or ready to take on an Olympic-size swimming pool. Any movement is better than no movement. Here are a few ideas, on all skill levels, to help you get moving: 

Beginner:

  • Instead of hiring someone else to do your housework, do it yourself. Seriously, you’ll be up and moving, and save some money while you’re at it.
  • Take ownership of your yard. Mow the grass, work in the garden or rake leaves.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Go for a walk around your office building for a quick break.

Intermediate:

  • Join a community sports league.
  • Set your workout clothes out on your bed to remind you to do so when you get home from work.
  • Sign up and train for a local 5k race.
  • Play singles tennis, instead of doubles.

Advanced:

  • Tackle a half, or even full, marathon.
  • Get off the streets and try trail running.
  • When you go on a business trip, take a jump rope or resistance band to stay in shape while on the road.

For more ideas, visit nashvillegoesred.org. 

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