Get Out And Move For Good Health

Now that spring is here, it’s time to get outside and get moving.  Moderate-intensity exercise can bring a lot of health benefits.  No matter your age, exercise can help improve your health.  It can help you lose weight (when combined with a healthy diet), improve bone health and reduce your risk of heart problems – and even cheer you up.


According to St. Joesph Mercy Oakland Internal Medicine and Pediatrics specialist Steve Z. Kallabat, MD, exercise also is beneficial for muscles.  “Increasing muscle mass helps to burn calories, even while asleep,” Dr. Kallabat says.  “Each pound of muscle burns 50 calories per day.”  But, he warns, “each year, we lose a half pound of muscle when we do not exercise.”

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  • Boost your energy level
  • Prevent or delay some health issues such as diabetes, osteoporosis and some types of cancer
  • Speed your recovery from serious illness
  • Make everyday tasks easier
  • Beat stress
  • Build strength, balance and flexibility
photo courtesy of Federico Stevanin

photo courtesy of Federico Stevanin

Moderate exercise is the best way to go.  Examples are:

  • Washing and waxing your car for 45 to 60 minutes
  • Gardening or raking leaves/shoveling snow for 30 minutes
  • Walking briskly, take the dog for a walk or push your child or grandchild in a stroller
  • Riding a bike or swimming
  • Stair-climbing, working inside or outside the house

Try to do some activity for at least 30 minutes a day.  However, if you’ve injured yourself during exercise, Dr. Kallabat urges you to seek medical attention.  “If you are cleared to return to exercising, then slowly get back to your normal routine,” says the physician.  “Visit your doctor if you feel any relapse of your symptoms.”

The original article was published in Michigan Medical Report from the Physicians at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.




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