Men's Health Week reminder: Exercise
Doug Lentz lists eight ways exercise can benefit your health
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - We can forget where we left our coat, we can forget to take our cell phones with us, but one important thing we can't forget is to exercise.
"One hundred and fifty minutes a week of moderate intensity activity like tennis, walking briskly, water aerobics, or bicycling will help improve your health," said Doug Lentz, Director of Fitness at Results Therapy and Fitness. "This isn't a myth. It's a fact."
Eight ways exercise can improve your health, according to Lentz:
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve cholesterol
- Lower risk for heart disease
- Reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Reduce risk of developing metabolic syndrome
- Strengthen bones and muscles
- Improve mental health and mood
- Increase your chances of living longer
What is "moderate intensity"?
Lentz said that moderate intensity exercise is when you are participating in an activity that has increased your heart rate 50 percent to 75 percent of your maximum heart rate.
"For most people, moderate intensity activity means that you can still talk, but you can't sing," Lentz explained. "You are also beginning to perspire and you are breathing faster, but not out of breath."
Lentz urged, "You should always consult a doctor before starting an exercise program. The doctor can help you determine your maximum heart rate and the level of activity that is safe for you."
Results Therapy and Fitness on Orchard Drive in Chambersburg offers personal exercise planning, Lentz said.
"We can work with you to help you maintain the level of activity that will help you safely reach your goals."
For more information about Results Therapy and Fitness call (717) 262-4650 or visit SummitHealth.org/Results.
June 10 - 16 is National Men's Health Week
Results Therapy and Fitness is located at 1600 Orchard Drive, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.
Summit Health, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to building a healthier community through leading-edge medical technology, skilled physicians, caring staff, and convenient locations. Summit Health's comprehensive selection of services and providers includes family physicians, surgeons, specialists, diagnostic services, a women's health center, a fitness center, and two award-winning hospitals. For more information about Summit Health, call (717) 267-7136 or visit www.SummitHealth.org and www.facebook.com/SummitHealth.