ALTHOUGH THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR seems to be the time many of us think about improving our health, summer can be the easiest season in which to get started establishing better exercise habits. There’s much more daylight and less need to get bundled up for outdoor activity. Other people are out and about and more available to join together in having fun. Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, in his article for the New York Times blog The Upshot, “Closest Thing to a Wonder Drug? Try Exercise”, runs through the results of research studies which support the contention that exercise, at the very least is the “best buy for public health”, and at best could be a “miracle cure”.
He recounts his own failure at mastering some of the currently popular strenuous exercise programs and ends up reporting the success he’s achieved with working other moderate-intensity activities into his daily routine. It’s encouraging!
Carroll also refers to research findings that show promotion of physical activity by health care professionals DOES lead to behavior change. EarnedRuns is NOT attempting to act as your DOCTOR, but it does encourage and enable personal competition that can lead to a healthier life. You don’t need bibs to turn your life around and become the active person you dream of being. However, you can choose to request and use them as a stimulus, a planner, a reminder, and a simple record of completion of activities you design to improve your own physical and mental well-being. At the very least this post promotes a featured piece that may inspire you to ramp up your exercise program.
Summer is not yet half over; there’s plenty of time to get excited and get moving.
BRIDGE TO PHYSICAL SELF
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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