What Are The Benefits Of Exercising In A Healthy Lifestyle?


Barbara B. Jordan YMCA

There’s a TV commercial for a deodorant company promoting the idea that “we’re made to move.” Although the commercial wants us to move so we can use the forearm fragrances offered by the company, the movement theme of the commercial is true and something to keep in mind. As we have become a largely sedentary society, we are seeing an increase in public health problems rooted in inactivity.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that obesity and overweight are reaching epidemic proportions. Statistics show that two-thirds of US adults are overweight or obese, as are one-third of children and adolescents. Since 1980, obesity rates have doubled in adults and tripled in children.

Being overweight and obese significantly increases the risk of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, some cancers, sleep apnea, and others.

Overweight and obesity result from balancing too many calories and / or too little physical activity. A healthy diet and regular physical activity are the recipe for combating these problems.

What can we do about these problems?

Barbara B. Jordan YMCA and IU Health Morgan worked together on a Kendrick Foundation scholarship to offer programs to help people exercise, learn about nutrition, and be more active and eat healthily. Many need more responsibility. This is where group activities can be helpful.

Many fitness centers or parks offer group classes, sports teams, or regular get-togethers to participate in activities that keep us moving. Activities such as dance, aerobics, swimming, weight lifting, cucumber ball, or yoga are done in groups that can help each of us take on this responsibility. Having a friend in this group can help make you feel needed, wanted, and expected to be with them every day.

Of course, team activities also require participation; If someone does not show up for a softball, volleyball, basketball, or soccer game, the rest of the team can be forced to give up, so of course attendance is required.

How about more sole responsibility?

If you want the tranquility of a forest walk or the chance for a long bike ride or long run, you can have a training partner to share the activity. A large group is not necessary to exercise well on a regular basis.

It’s important to remember that your movement doesn’t have to be a sprint a distance or a new record for your lifting ability; It could be a 30-minute walk around your neighborhood or paint your family room.

Yes, we are made to move; Find the best route for you and get moving!

Building Healthy Lifestyle Habits is a weekly column by Barbara B. Jordan YMCA and IU Health Morgan along with healthy lifestyle programs funded by a Kendrick Foundation grant.