"Why Is Exercise Important?"
(The skinny on why, what type, & how much?)
Why is exercise important? Anyone who's watched tv, or picked up a magazine in the past decade can answer this question. Go ahead... give it a go.
What'd you come up with?
Exercise burns calories, helps you lose weight, strengthens muscles and bones, increases energy levels? All 100% true. However, the benefits of exercise are vast... as vast as our waistlines!
It's time to get movin'!
If you don't start shakin' your groove thing, there's gonna be some serious consequences! Can't remember what your groove thing is? Start exercising. It'll all come back to you.
Skeptical? (I knew I liked you.)
Check out this 73-page fitness report by the World Health Organization (including 13 pages of references to scientific studies). They've got my back on this one. The report says that exercise stimulates cognitive function... and suggests that moderate physical activity can actually prevent or even delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's. Brings a whole new meaning to "jogging your memory" doesn't it? 
The truth is, improving your memory and dodging dementia represents a very small fraction of the health benefits connected with staying active. Check it out.
What Types Of Exercise Should I Do?
Canada's Physical Activity Guide (developed by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology in 2002) recommends choosing a variety of activities that build endurance, strength, and flexibility. Table 2 below was adapted from their guide. 
Table 2 - Three Types of Exercise
How Much Is Enough?
Minimum recommendations for adults are 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise 5-7 days a week (18-65 years). Individuals trying to manage body weight or prevent weight gain should shoot for 60 to 90 minutes a day.
Not to worry. The current definition of physical activity is more inclusive than you think. The effects of exercise are cumulative. Doing short bouts of physical activity is sufficient as long as it's in 10-minute chunks. 
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Couch Potato Protocol
If it's been a while since you've broken a sweat, start off slowly. When you reach the 30-minute goal, continue to challenge yourself by increasing the duration and intensity of your workouts. After all, you can't go from couch potato to exercise enthusiast overnight... at least not without some serious repercussions.
For more information read the article, Before Increasing Your Physical Activity and be sure to complete the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire developed by the British Columbia Ministry of Health and revised by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. 
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