An avid runner herself, NorthShore University HealthSystem's Dr. Carrie Jaworski says the key to becoming fit is finding "an activity that you love doing and then stick with it.”
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Exercise is great medicine according to Carrie Jaworski, M.D., Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. An avid runner herself, Dr. Jaworski explains that exercise has benefits beyond just looking good. Regular exercise helps you carry out daily activities without undue fatigue and improves one's health.
But adding routines such as running to your life won't only increase your day-to-day energy levels; exercise can have a profoundly positive effect on your overall health. For example, being fit reduces risks of certain cancers, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, depression and anxiety. It also helps improve sleep and self-esteem.
As is true when tackling all new athletic activities, starting slow and sensibly are the keys to preventing injuries and ensuring you adopt fitness for the long run. Therefore, in order to help you put your best foot forward, Dr. Jaworski has compiled a list of fitness tips. From weekly exercise goals to what to drink and when to stretch, you'll find everything you need to know below.
“Exercise helps almost every medical problem,” says Dr. Jaworski. "The most important advice is to find an activity that you love doing and then stick with it.”
For more information on how fitness can improve your quality of life and overall health, call NorthShore Physician Referral at (847) 570-5020.