Physical Activity Is Essential to a Longer, Healthier Life

Your body is like a machine. If it sits idle for too long, it gets rusty. Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health, no matter your age, gender, ethnicity, size, or shape. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular exercise can:

• Maintain a healthy weight
• Reduce your risk of heart disease
• Reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
• Reduce your risk of some cancers, including colon and breast cancer
• Strengthen bones and muscles to help you stay active as you age
• Keep your thinking skills sharp and improve your mood
• Improve your ability to do daily activities as an older adult
• Increase your chances of living longer

Start with Your Doctor, Then Get Moving 

Before you launch any exercise plan, talk to your healthcare provider about the amount and types of physical activity that best fit your needs, lifestyle, and abilities. Not all forms of exercise are suitable for all people, so you want to choose physical activities that help you rather than put you at risk of injury or leave you feeling discouraged. Once you’ve talked to your doctor, UAB HealthSmart works with you to build fitness into your daily life.

UAB HealthSmart’s fitness services include:
• Personal fitness consultations with UAB HealthSmart’s exercise specialist
• Health talks led by UAB faculty and other healthcare experts on the benefits of physical activity
• WALK Feel Alive program

Daily Exercise Can Change Your Life

Our goal is to enable you to make exercise a permanent part of your routine, so we help you set practical goals and track your progress over time. No matter what form your daily exercise takes—whether you’re walking, enjoying a UAB HealthSmart fitness class, or taking advantage of a host of other great possibilities—we’re here to put and keep you on the path to better health.

Make Exercise a Priority

The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults do two types of physical activity each week to improve health: exercises that get your blood pumping (aerobic) and exercises that strengthen your muscles. The best way to approach making physical activity a priority in your life is to talk to your healthcare provider about what exercises suit your health needs and goals, then visit UAB HealthSmart to create a fitness plan that works for you.

Join us on the path to better health.