Thirty one years ago I ran my first marathon. It took four years before I would attempt that distance again. Two weeks ago I completed my 25th Boston marathon and three noteworthy things happened that day; I ran the second half of the race faster than the first half, I ran the exact same time at the age of 52 that I did the first time at the age of 21 and I ran the race in the memory of a great father, husband and cardiologist, Dr George Gura.
Dr Gura lived his life as an example to his patients, exercising until the last days of his life. He didn’t just talk the talk, as many physicians do, he walked the walk. I’m humbled by his commitment to family, friends and medicine, and hope to carry on with his philosophy for life.
Instead of preaching to you the about the positive benefits of exercise I hope to show you what can be done if you just get up and move. Don’t “watch” others do, get up and just do it! We have heard every excuse why someone “can’t” exercise, trust me, if you can walk, you can exercise. 180 minutes per week is the goal, 30 minutes per day, six days per week.
The average American watches more than four hours of TV per day, skipping one sitcom daily is all you need to do and the benefits are many; decreased LDL, increased HDL, decreased body fat, increased lean muscle mass, decreased blood pressure, lower heart rate, lower rates of depression, better memory and recall, higher levels of endorphins and lower levels of stress.
I could go on, and on and on but you get the point. Just get up and move, your life depends on it!
In good health,
Dr Scott & the PWC Team!