Welcome to Day 7 of Lifestyle Medicine Week!

Today we visit another Lifestyle Medicine pillar: Physical Activity.

Your body will do what it asks it to do. For optimal health, ask it to “Eat more fruits and vegetables and go outside and run around!” Exercise, especially outdoors, will add more years to your life and more life to your years.

Some days you may be stuck at work or not be able to formally exercise for another reason, but try to get out of breath everyday!
If you can, find some stairs and try walking or running up and down as fast as you can for 5 minutes. Do that a few times a day—it can really make a difference!

Keep moving!

Ted D. Barnett, MD, FACLM
Partner, Borg and Ide Imaging
Board Member, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Founder and CEO, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group
Founding President, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute
Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute is proud to support the critical work of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). ACLM recognizes six pillars of Lifestyle Medicine: the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle; regular physical activity; restorative sleep; stress management; avoidance of risky substances; and positive social connection. As you can see from our Wellness Wheel, we have added 3 pillars of our own: spending time outdoors, seeking purpose, and finding joy.