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The easiest way to boost your overall health - add 30 minutes of exercise to your daily routine today!

by , 25 March 2013

If your doctor doesn't actively tell you to get more exercise, he probably doesn't get enough exercise himself. That's according to the latest research. But you don't need your doctors to tell you about the importance of fitness - here's how to incorporate moderate exercise into your daily routine to improve your overall health!

While weight loss is usually linked to calorie control and changing your eating habits, sustained physical activity is most helpful in the prevention of weight regain, says the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
 
But interestingly, only a few doctors actually recommend that exercise as part of a weight loss or overall health programme.
 
The reason?
 
Physically fit doctors are more likely to prescribe exercise as they can see the benefits of fitness themselves, says Health24.
 
Add exercise to your weekday routine and you’ll boost your overall health benefits!
 
In fact, it’s one of the easiest ways to protect your heart from heart disease and could be all it takes to cut your risk of cancer in half, says FSP Health.
 
Exercise is also a great way to improve your mood, sleep quality, brain power, attention span and overall happiness, adds Health24.
 
All you have to do is get active with a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise a week, says ABCNews.
 
That’s just 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
 
And you don’t have to join a gym to reap the health rewards.
 
You can get fit at home or at work – no-one has to know!
 
All you have to do is add lightweight hand weights to your walking routine for a more challenging workout to build upper body strength, says eHow.
 
So start walking briskly up the stairs at work (with a heavy stack of files in each hand) or when you’re in a shopping centre, loaded down with shopping bags.
 
You’ll have the added benefit of cutting your risk of dying from heart disease by as much as 15% by getting active, says FSP Health.
 
And if you find your motivation is wavering, just let someone in on your fitness plans.
 
Just updating your Facebook status to say ‘Looking forward to my evening run’ makes you more likely to follow through with it.
 
Even better, find an exercise your family can do together, like walking or cycling, as your kids are bound to be more excited about the idea than you, and will infect you with their enthusiasm! 
 
Anything that gets your blood pumping and gives you a rush when you’re done is a good bet.
 
You’ll soon be feeling healthier overall – get started with your new exercise routine today!
 

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