Guest Blog: Exercise Your Right to Vitality, Longevity

February 6, 2012

By Dr. Melanie Lane – board-certified physician and a certified professional co-active coach.

Lots and lots and lots of research demonstrates the critical importance of exercise to the maintenance of our wellbeing.  Not only will we live longer, we can actually enjoy those extra years more.  Our brains will be better preserved, we’ll suffer less pain and imobility, our moods will be lighter, and we’ll still be feeling frisky (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

So many people that I’ve talked to just won’t do it.  They don’t like it.  They don’t want to get sweaty.  They don’t have time.  They don’t have the money.  They don’t know what kind of exercise to do.  They don’t look good in spandex, etc.

This video, by Dr. Mike Evans, addresses the lack of time excuse.  Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.  I love his challenge, “Can you limit your sitting and sleeping to just 23 1/2 hours per day?”

Please spend the 9 or so minutes watching it – it’s well worth the time.  It’s educational, fun, and the illustrations are great.  Give it a look and tell me what you think.

Need help making that 30 minutes of daily exercise a reality?  Check out The Nine Daily Habits of Healthy People for more ideas.


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