Staying Healthy

15 Aug 2000 | Santha K. Davis

Physical inactivity is a major public health concern in our society today. The U.S. Marine Corps has taken several strides by promoting August as Physical Fitness month. Without a doubt, prevention is the key to staying healthy. Marines are encouraged to select activities that they enjoy and fit into their daily lives. These activities can be a brisk walk, running, jogging, cycling, swimming, active sports (i.e. basketball, racquetball). Most personal trainers and medical practitioners recommend individuals spend 30 minutes, 4 to 6 times a week participating in some type of physical fitness.

Remember, that diet and exercise are the balance for a healthy heart. Exercise makes your heart stronger; it pumps more blood with each individual heartbeat, resulting in delivering more oxygen to your body. By exercising you lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease and reduce levels of heart disease. Also keep in mind eating healthy and exercising is the best way to lose weight.

It is very important that all Marines understand physical wellness contributes to being combat ready. Taking care of your health should always be a priority. Remember in this quote lies the truth, "Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness." -Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby, 1873
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