Get a good fitness fit!

Experts now say that  being a couch potato may be as harmful as smoking. A startling new study in the British medical journal, The Lancet, has confirmed that a lack of robust physical activity is as deadly smoking.
"The researchers stated that strong evidence shows physical inactivity increases the risk of many major adverse health conditions,” says the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, on its website. It says problems include “the risk for death (from any cause), coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, Metabolic syndrome (including obesity and abnormal blood cholesterol levels), type 2 diabetes, breast and colon cancer, and depression.”
Dr. I-Min Lee, of Harvard Medical School, put the problem even more bluntly: “Only about one quarter of the world’s population smoke but about two-thirds are inactive,” he was quoted as saying in an article in The Daily Mail.
So there you have it: being a couch potato is a bigger world health problem – in numerical terms – than smoking.
So darlings, get moving! Forget whatever you may have heard about exercising 20 or 30 minutes, three times a week. A healthy woman needs at least an hour of vigorous exercise five times a week. Your health depends on it, not to mention your figure. Remember the Harvard study that found that women over 40 need an hour of vigorous exercise every day, just to maintain a healthy weight. Women also need weight bearing exercise to maintain bone health. Weight-bearing exercise includes: brisk walking, golf, yoga, barre classes, and strength training. Darlings remember, the earlier you learn good fitness habits the better, but it is never too late!
Here are some tried and true ways to get moving and fit:
Schedule it
My noon class at the Exhale Spa is filled with busy professional women. Their ages range from early 20s to over 50. We all run in ready to sweat, and then make a lightning-quick change back into street clothes and our “real-lives.” The class is full of doctors, lawyers, and other busy women. We share the dedication to keep our workout date with ourselves. The morning and evening classes are even more jammed.
Have a backup plan
If you miss your class or appointed workout time, have a backup activity such as walk home or after dinner briskly. Or, have an efficient mini routine you can do at home to get in some exercise. DVDs can be a great backup to your regular routine, if you find one you like. Our favourite go-to source for the best workout DVDs is
Get a buddy or trainer
Accountability really works to keep you on track, if daily fitness is new to you. Clubs like Exhale and Christine’s Fitness in Toronto will even chase you down, if you miss a class or two, once they know you are serious! If you opt for a trainer, get a good one. Use personal recommendations; you can find one at an affordable price. Do not accept the first person your club offers if you don’t feel the connection. Small group personal training is also a fabulous option.
Get a good fitness fit
Classes or trainers are best, if you are not sports-minded or are already active. A good teacher or trainer will challenge you and help you reach your goals. The right club is fun social environment, but you need to find it. There is one for every budget and taste. Take advantage of introductory offers for free first classes or discounted trial weeks.
Look for opportunities to get more movement into your life to bump up your activity levels
You know the drill: walk or bike to work, or at least park farther from the door. Take the stairs. Cut lunch short and walk for 15 minutes. It all adds up!
Other types of movement you can add to your life include dance, housework, gardening, swimming, sports, and dog walking! Be creative and think of all the money you can save if you do your own housework or gardening!
Exercise will make you look better, feel better ,and now – it is official – live longer!