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Dealing with everyday life can be hectic. There are so manyoutside physical activity things on the to-do list it may seem there is no time to spend at the gym, for you or even just to relax. According to the American Institute on Stress there are numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections, a host of viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers, as well as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. In addition stress can have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, the gastrointestinal system (GERD, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis) and can contribute to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. It’s hard to think of any disease in which stress cannot play an aggravating role or any part of the body that is not affected stress effects.

Michigan State University Extension recommends reducing stress through physical activity. Physical activity includes, but is not limited to walking, running, swimming, kicking a ball around or even cleaning the house. I am partial to dance because it makes me smile and can be done anywhere. Dancing is another form of physical activity which is critical for health at any age. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, all adults should avoid inactivity. Some physical activity is better than none, and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain at least some health benefits.

For substantial health benefits, adults should engage in at least 150 minutes (two hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intense, or 75 minutes (one hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous-intense aerobic physical activity – or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous intense aerobic activity. Aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes and preferably, it should be spread throughout the week. Older adults should be very careful and stay within their limitations.

Before beginning any new physical activity you should consult your doctor. To download a copy of the Physical Activity Guidelines visit Physical Acitivy Guidelines for Americans. This document has much information on safe physical activity for all ages and the amounts of physical activity suggested for youth and adults.

I hope you dance!

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