Fitness is more affordable than health care and the benefits are amazing. Movement is the key to feeling good, staying healthy, and the prevention of multiple diseases. Yet the concept of staying active is the hardest thing to sell.

I have been in the health and fitness industry for more than 25 years. Over these years I have had the pleasure of working closely with hundreds of people. Nearly all of these people expressed the benefits of movement in their lives.

As I have aged, I have found the benefits of movement to be ever more beneficial in my own life. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week. That’s just about 30 minutes 5 days a week. That’s all it takes. It doesn’t matter where you live, your size, or the color of your skin. Exercise does not discriminate – it’s available to everyone.
I have observed (and experienced) the difficulty of remaining active in the dark and cold of the Maine winter months. Group exercise is fun and will add motivation and encouragement to your workout routine. You might even make some new friends. Let’s all commit to a winter of Rx Movement!

Benefits of movement include lower blood pressure; lower stroke rates; lower heart disease and attack risk; less instance of cancer; lower rate of type 2 diabetes; lower rates of anxiety; less depression; and improved memory. Currently exercise is the most effective known way to slow the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Ida Messerman is recipient of the Life Time achievement Award from the Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity in 2012. She is a NASM Personal Trainer, AFAA CFI. For more information, visit www.getfitwithida.com.