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Move It To Lose It

Move It To Lose It

You’ve heard the expression “Move it to lose it”? Wow, is that true! A study looked at the life expectancy of over 334,000 men and women and found -- regardless of your body mass index -- inactivity (no recreational activity and a sedentary job) is twice as likely as obesity to lead to premature death.

The good news? Researchers found that if over- or healthy weight couch potatoes did just 20 minutes of brisk walking a day they could slash their risk of premature death by 16-30%. And going from moderately inactive to active brings even better results. So here’s how to get more active. 

  1. Hey Batman -- find Robin. For real success you want an exercise buddy/coach you can trust, so you’ll listen to coaching, prodding – and even smacking you down, if you need it. And if your Robin isn’t local, arrange for a daily check-in via social media, texting and/or a call, so you can get support and report on your progress. Dr. Mike says choosing the right buddy is the most important thing you can do for your health.
  2. Aim for 10,000 steps a day. Every morning grab your pedometer (you have one don’t you?) and count all your steps, right through your new routine of a daily 30-60 minute walk.
  3. Laugh -- a lot. Getting healthy should be fun! Laughter will keep you engaged and eager to exercise.

Medically reviewed in September 2019.

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