The Bone and Joint Surgery Clinic encourages all of their patients to be active to help maintain strong muscles and healthy bones. But the month of May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and we would like to challenge not just our patients but all adults to get a total of 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days per week.
Experts have found that physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life. Regular physical activity helps you maintain a healthy weight and reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancers by as much as 30%. It might surprise some people to know that physical activity is also important for strong muscles and healthy bones.
Routine physical activity is important for building strong bones and muscles in children, but it is equally important as we get older. Your bones and muscles work together to support every movement you make on a daily basis. When you are physically active you strengthen your muscles. Your bones adapt by building more cells and as a result both become stronger. Strong bones and muscles protect against injury and improves balance and coordination. In addition active adults experience less joint stiffness and improved flexibility. This becomes especially important as we get older because it helps to prevent falls and the broken bones that may result. Even if you have arthritis, exercise that keeps the muscles around the joint strong can act like a brace that will react to every move you make without the hassle of an actual brace that you have to put on and take off.
Physical activity is for everyone. No matter what your fitness level, you can find activities that work for you.
Remember any amount of activity is better than none. It does not need to be high intensity for you to reap the benefits. For those just getting started with an exercise program or have an existing medical condition you should always check with your doctor before starting your program. To find your fitness level and get tips on how to move more go to: http://1.usa.gov/VnBfJs.