Is exercise really “all that”?

Is exercise really “all that”?

It is, indeed!  Exercise consistently comes up whenever lifespan and disease prevention are discussed.  Of course, you cannot exercise your way out of a poor diet, too much stress, or a lack of sleep, but if those issues have been resolved, exercise should be your next move.  

For the most part, I am not referring to marathons since too much exercise can be bad in a lot of people because the body cannot control the inflammatory response or the breakdown of muscle, which may be deleterious.  As the saying goes, “too much of a good thing is not a good thing”. 

Engaging in 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise is the sweet spot for most of us, and it has wonderful results.  In fact, it lowers blood sugar in diabetics as effectively as any other medications we now offer. Moderate exercise by definition, make your pulse quicken, but you can still carry on a conversation.

Here are 5 strategies you may use to start engaging in the kind of moderate exercise that will help you stay healthy for longer.  


The standard example of moderate exercise is brisk walking. You may simply change your speed to get the moderate intensity level, and it is low-impact and easy on the joints.


Cycling is an excellent example of a moderate workout, especially when done on flat ground. Your fitness level will determine the speed, although for many people, a speed of 10 to 12 mph on flat ground would be considered moderate.


Swimming is another activity that qualifies as moderate exercise when done at a leisurely pace. Additionally, it has a mild impact and may be an excellent option for those who have joint problems.


Dancing can be categorized as a moderate form of exercise, depending on its intensity. This can involve social dancing or dance fitness classes like Zumba.

Aquatic exercise

Exercises done in water are typically less taxing on the body while still being effective. It’s common to find a nice example of moderate exercise in a water aerobics class.

Start slow and most of all make sure you are doing something fun so you keep doing it!