Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is also one of the most proven ways to lose weight, improve blood sugar control, prevent chronic disease, promote heart health, increase energy, and improve mood. Recent studies have even claimed that “sedentary is the new smoking,” defining sedentary as sitting for 90 minutes or more. Set an alarm to get up every 90 minutes and move around for 2-5 minutes. Some ways you can get the blood flowing while at the office include squats, pushups against the wall, lunges, wall sits, or a quick walk up and down the hallway/stairs.
An ideal exercise goal is 6 hours per week, or 30 minutes to 1 hour per day. Start with what is comfortable for you and as you increase stamina and strength, continue to increase the duration of your exercise. The best exercise routine is one that you enjoy doing. Consider: interval training, strength training at one of our local gyms (http://inbigisland.com/health-beauty/gyms/), walking, running, swimming, paddling, dancing, yoga, biking, surfing, etc. An individualized exercise prescription can be made based on your health goals and health history. For more information or questions, contact Dr. Kristina Roberts, naturopathic physician at Lokahi Health Center, at 808-329-2114 or [email protected].