People who are physically active generally enjoy longer, healthier lives.

-minute rule
When thinking about your daily exercise, remember that it is your total minutes per day that count. You don’t have to spend 30 uninterrupted minutes exercising if that’s too much to start with – you can try 3 activities that last only 10 minutes each. Here are some suggestions:
  • Walk (or bike) to the store instead of driving
  • Use stairs instead of escalators and elevators at home, at work, and at the mall
  • Add some exercise to your daily routine: start your day with a walk around the block, jump rope while watching TV, take the dog on extra-long vigorous walks, etc.

The buddy system is your best bet

You’re probably not alone in wanting to increase your exercise. Finding a friend who also wants a bit more activity in his or her life is a great way to start a mutual motivation program. You can either do something together, like a daily walk or gym appointments, or just call each other regularly to make sure you stay on track.

The best gift you can give anyone is better health, so why not benefit somebody close to you?

Make your daily routine… a workout routine

Integrating a little extra exercise into your life can be easy – just add a bit of healthy movement to the other things you do. A few extra steps when you take out the trash, standing to watch television, walking an extra turn or two around the living room and kitchen when setting the table – every little bit adds up.

Stretching: the truth

There is some controversy over the usefulness of stretching before and after exercise, but it’s generally accepted that stretching can help with your flexibility, range of motion and circulation. It only takes a couple of minutes, and is a great way to either get motivated for a good workout, or cool down after one. Talk to your doctor about a stretching program that’s right for you.

“Water” you talking about?

Exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle – and so is hydration. Don’t let yourself get dehydrated from exercise: being dehydrated can adversely impact the effects of your exercise. Staying hydrated may help with your overall health.

Take the right steps first!
You should take a number of steps before beginning any exercise activities or programs to help you avoid injury:
  • Wear supportive footwear and loose-fitting clothing
  • Warm up with gentle stretches, loosening your muscles and tendons around your joints
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration

If you suffer from arthritis pain, there are lots of low-impact activities that can be part of an exercise routine, including tai chi.

This discipline encourages people to get in tune with their bodies, movement and alignment. It also offers some relaxation benefits. Look for tai chi courses near you, and inquire about special programs for people with arthritis.