Parrish Medical Center HealthBridge: Step Lively and Live Longer – Start Now
By Erica K. Daniels, Parrish Health & Fitness Center // December 13, 2016
Obesity is a common and costly problem
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Obesity is a common and costly problem; and it’s not just going to go away. Wherever you are in life, now is the time to take action.
According to a Harvard report*, researchers estimate that by 2030, if obesity trends continue unchecked, obesity-related medical costs could rise by $48 billion to $66 billion a year in the U.S.
Simply said, being overweight doesn’t feel good. The health problems that stem from being overweight go far beyond the ones we usually hear about, like diabetes and heart disease. Being overweight can impact a person’s entire quality of life, including joint damage, poor breathing, sleep quality, mood, and energy levels.
ACT NOW! A year from now, you will wish you had started today You don’t have to run a marathon (or even a 5K) to be active. The emphasis on activity is not what can’t you do, but what can you do.
Here are a few suggestions for staying active at any age:
Stretch: Whatever kind of exercise you do, begin and end with gentle stretching. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests that you hold each stretch for about 30 seconds, breathing and relaxing. Don’t bounce or stretch beyond what’s comfortable.
Walk: Make sure you have good walking shoes and a safe place to walk, whether it’s around your neighborhood or in a nearby mall. Start out and end at a slower pace to warm up and cool down.
If you haven’t been active, begin with shorter walks and extend them week by week. Keep things interesting by walking in different places and with different people.
Join a Fitness Center: Joining a fitness center allows you to be active in a social setting. Parrish Health & Fitness Center has more than 100 group fitness classes per week, and 38,000 square-feet of wellness.
Whether on land, in a chair, or in the water – there are activities and equipment for every fitness level. Parrish Health & Fitness Center has two indoor, heated pools, with classes designed to provide aerobic and strength training or balance and flexibility exercises.
Exercising in water is a good low-impact activity that’s easy on your joints—great news for people with arthritis. Another option is chair exercises. Offering Sit Down & Get Moving, Cardio Chair Dance and Chair Yoga classes, Parrish Health & Fitness Center provides a well-balanced workout for all, not to mention cycling, Zumba, Tai Chi and many other exciting classes.
Get a Coach: Wellness coaching is a complimentary service for Parrish Health & Fitness Center members. Coaches discuss issues and concerns that may hinder your ability to remain compliant with a health and wellness routine.
You don’t have to navigate the journey toward wellness alone. Your coach will help you develop an action plan for stress management and making exercise a priority.
*Source: Wang CY, McPherson K, Marsh T, Gortmaker S, Brown M. Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in the USA and the UK. Lancet. 2011; 378:815-25.
HealthBridge Event | Stroke 101
When: Jan.10, 2017, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Parrish Medical Center, Conference Center
About: Stroke is a leading cause of death among Americans and the number one cause of disability in adults. Join us to learn how to reduce your risk.