To your health |

To your health

Youve heard it a million times. Im going to reiterate. Exercise!It does not matter if youve been off the treadmill, ski slope, or Reformer for months. O.K., for some of us, years. Take the initial step and start.The benefits of exercise are many, in addition to the obvious of looking and feeling better. People who are overweight or obese can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. Everyone can make bones, muscles and joints stronger, sleep soundly, improve balance and reduce the risk of falls. And its fun!Your step into fitness should encompass two components of activity: aerobic and strengthening. The first gets your heart pumping and increases your rate of breathing. The second builds up muscles. Both are important to reap the benefits of a healthful life.The Tahoe-Truckee region is a veritable wealth of exercise opportunities, whether you prefer to walk the dog, jog, run, swim, dance, do Tai Chi, ski, sled or skate.This week the Sierra Sun delves into a popular movement in the fitness world Pilates. We all cant be a Joseph Pilates, but we all can take that first step toward a longer, more active life.And, if we are very fortunate, well soon develop six-pack abs tossing loaded shovels of snow.Heres to your health body, mind and spirit. Amy Edgettaedgett@sierrasun.comConsult your health practitioner to find out what best suits your body. Visit the U.S. Department off Health andamp; Human Services for a Get Active guide.

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