Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tip #4: Add It To Your To-Do List

We all know the power of the never-ending to-do list. If you add exercise to that to-do list, you are more likely than not to adhere to accomplishing that task. Even if you have to put it in red pen, and add it to your calendar, make sure that you put it in writing. There is more of a commitment there when you put it down on paper.

Interestingly enough, educated people - who are more likely to make a to-do list - are more likely to exercise as well. The higher a person’s education level, the more likely he is to participate in physical activity. 23% of those who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher engage in sports or exercise activities on an average day, compared to 14% of those with some college or an associate’s degree, 11% of high school graduates and 10% of those who did not graduate high school. http://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2008/sports/data.ht

And remember that even small amounts of exercise are beneficial. A 2011 study found that just 15 minutes of exercise a day can reduce mortality risk by 10%, and each additional 15 minutes reduces the risk by an additional 4 percent. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2811%2960749-6/fulltext

So add a bit of exercise to your to-do list today, and get moving!

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