What’s the Skinny on Exercise? By Dr. Angie Welikala, Chiropractor

I know, I know…we all know we need to exercise, but how many of us actually do? Yes, it is work planning and making sure you wake up early to set time aside for that special yet painful time. I hope after reading this article, you will be more inspired and more dedicated to making sure it IS a PRIORITY in your lifestyle.

Statistically, “Only 15% of American adults engage in regular vigorous exercise and 60% report getting effectively NO exercise at all from a regular or sustained leisure time activity”, JAMA 2001. Wow! When I read that I thought only 15% are actually moving? I needed to share some more statistics. We are becoming one of the sickest nations in the world. I know we don’t want to talk about it, but the World Health Organization ranks us #37 in overall health among industrialized countries. Not to mention, we take 75% of the worlds drugs overall.

Now if that does not get your attention, here’s why we need to move our body. I am not a perfect size 0, not even a size 10. I am still working on it! What I do know is exercise helps to prevent diseases and lower blood sugar in diabetics. There was a study called the Diabetes Prevention Program (DDP) and they monitored three groups. Group A took a placebo, Group B took a medication called Metformin, and Group C changed their diet and did an exercise program of moving 150 minutes per week. The result was outstanding! The group that did the diet and exercise program had lower their incidence of diabetes by 58% over the placebo group and 29% over the metformin drug group.

Why is this so important? You have the ability to change your life and your health with some simple cardiovascular exercise. I am not talking go to gym every day for hours at a time. Let’s be realistic. Some of you may enjoy it so much, you are there five days a week. I am a fan of thirty minutes of exercise 5 days a week. Here’s the key, if your goal is walking daily, you are more likely to get 3-5 days in a week. If you aim for 3 days a week, your more likely to