To exercise, you have to work out for an hour at the gym.
That’s a great goal that is sure to help you become healthier, but you can reap important benefits from simply being more active in small ways throughout the day.
You’ve heard it a million times: for good health, it’s important to exercise. After all, getting in shape can help you to feel better, live longer, and reduce your risk for many health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure, the leading causes of kidney disease. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the very thought of beginning an “exercise routine.” The fact is, though, that simply incorporating more movement into your daily routine can make a huge difference and can put you on the path to better health.
Of course, in addition to just moving around more during the day, you may want to begin dedicating some time each day to a particular exercise, such as walking. If you’ve been pretty inactive for a while, it’s a good idea to start slowly and gradually increase your activity. One way to do this is to break it up. If your goal is to walk for 30 minutes a day, try walking for 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes at lunch, and 10 minutes in the evening, instead of doing 30 minutes all at once. You’ll exercise for the same amount of time, but breaking it up at first can make it seem a lot more manageable.
One of the most motivating ways to become more active is to Pair Up with someone else. Ask your co-worker to commit to taking the stairs with you after lunch each day, or ask your neighborhood friend to meet you for a walk each evening. When the two of you are Pairing Up to get more exercise, you’ll keep each other motivated during those times that one of you might otherwise skip it.
Be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any type of exercise routine.
Add healthy choices, subtract unhealthy things, and multiply the impact. It all adds up to helping prevent kidney disease. Do the Math today.
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