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Regular Physical Activity, Health Screenings Can Improve Your Well-being

Regular Physical Activity, Health Screenings Can Improve Your Well-being

  • Posted Apr 30, 2019
  • hchadmin

According to the IDEA Health and Fitness Association, people of all ages can improve the quality of their lives and reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and type 2 diabetes with regular physical activity.

That’s why, during May (Employee Health and Fitness Month), Holy Cross Hospital would like to encourage you to care for yourself and your loved ones by reminding you of the importance of maintaining a consistent fitness routine and getting regular health screenings.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recommend that adults participate in two types of physical activity – aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activity – each week to improve health. For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) to 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Preferably, aerobic activity should be spread throughout the week.

Additional health benefits are gained by engaging in physical activity beyond the equivalent of 300 minutes (5 hours) of moderate-intensity physical activity a week. Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities of moderate or greater intensity and that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week, as these activities provide additional health benefits.

The CDC recommends spreading your activity out during the week and even breaking it up into smaller periods of time each day. That way, 150 minutes of activity may not seem so overwhelming. It all counts as long as you're keeping a moderate or quick pace for at least a 10-minute session each time.
If you have any concerns about starting a fitness program, remember to check with your doctor.

Another way various disorders such as diabetes, depression and hypertension, can be identified early is by knowing and properly managing your biometric numbers including your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. 

The best way to find out if your numbers are within a healthy range for your gender, height and age is to have annual health screenings. And, remember, if you're enrolled in a Trinity Health medical plan, preventive care is generally covered at 100 percent!

Having a primary care physician (PCP) who can coordinate your care is vital to your good health. A PCP typically specializes in family medicine, internal medicine or general practice. If you don’t have a PCP, finding one is easy! Just visit your insurance carrier’s website, look for the “find a doctor” area and follow the instructions.

As your trusted health partner for life, Holy Cross Hospital is committed to providing resources that promote well-being though body, mind and spirit and is dedicated to helping you Live Your Whole Life.


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