Get off to a healthy start in 2011

Jan 27, 2011

Increasing physical activity is a great way to decrease the risk of developing a disease.

When people are making their New Year's resolutions this year, some may want to consider following a healthy lifestyle consisting of proper dieting and consistent exercise.

University of Texas Physicians' cardiologist Simbo Chiadika provided a list of tips for people to abide by if they plan on increasing their physical activity level. For those who have not exercised for a long time, she recommends starting small and setting achievable goals, such as walking 20 minutes at a time without stopping. Chiadika added that exercise makes a person feel better and helps reduce risk factors for heart disease.

Another recommendation is to find the most convenient time to exercise. Whether a person's preference is the morning or after work in the early evening, an exercise routine works best when there is allocated time for it. Chiadika urges people to be consistent with their physical activity throughout the year, especially during the holidays. She noted that exercise will always help burn off extra calories.

In addition to decreasing one's risk for heart disease and obesity, following a healthy lifestyle with consistent exercise may help prevent and manage diabetes, according to the ADA. Life insurance premiums may also become cheaper the healthier an individual becomes.

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