Exercise Facts and Tips

  • SedentaryMore than half of all US adults do not get the recommended amount of exercise. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.
  • About 25% of adults don't exercise at all.
  • To keep your exercise routine fresh, mix it up by doing different activities—alternate brisk walking, yoga, or swimming, for example.
  • Men are more likely than women to be physically active.
  • Regular exercise not only helps you maintain healthy bones, but it also helps keep your muscles and joints strong.
  • Incorporating fitness into your daily routine helps control your weight and boosts your overall mood and sense of well-being.
  • Back pain is less likely if your abdominal muscles are strong. Do yoga or Pilates to strengthen your core.
  • Exercise can help ease anxiety and depression, symptoms that are often associated with numerous spine conditions, including chronic back pain.
  • Many people stick with their exercise program if they're doing activities they enjoy like dancing or playing tennis.
  • If you have a chronic condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, you'll most likely benefit from regular exercise, but talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
Updated on: 08/24/15
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You shouldn’t neglect flexibility training. Along with cardiovascular work and strength training, maintaining flexibility is crucial to taking care of your body. Get tips on incorporating flexibility into your daily life (and it’ll help prevent back pain).
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