Fitness Tip: Advantages of physical activity
Physical inactivity is one of the four risk factors leading to diseases such as cardio-vascular disease and obesity. By being consistently physically active, you can reduce feelings of anxiety or depression, maintain lower blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels, as well as decrease chances of acquiring some cancers. Studies show that each hour of walking can add 2 hours to your life expectancy, reduce annual health care costs by $500 and increase productivity. Find your best time of day, good company or music and enjoy that brisk walk, swinging your arms and relieving your body of stress.
Bridget R. Sanders, PTA
The Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy Department
Ruth Rose Hutton was a fighter. As she aged, multiple falls compromised her independence, but her spirit endured. She always seemed to recover, surprising her doctors and family, who were grateful to have her in their lives until her death at age 87.