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Local expert says you might not have to exercise as hard as you think

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In Washington, the president's council has named May, National Physical Fitness and Sports month.    

Here at home, Dr. Tedd Mitchell is president of the Health Sciences Center, but his specialty is sports medicine. And, he says a big reason we fail at exercise, is we try to do too much, in spurts

 "So, the key ingredient in somebody developing an activity program for health, it's not the intensity of it, it's the consistency of it. If I put you on medicine for your blood pressure, I wouldn't say ‘Look, Karin, take it all on Saturday, don't worry about it', you take a little bit each day, by the same token with exercise, with all the health benefits, you never say, look don't worry about it, but on the weekend, just knock yourself out. You want people to take a little medicine every day. Typically we'll recommend people do something about 30 minutes, Monday through Thursday, and just moderate intensity and brisk walks, it doesn't have to be this intense, get out there and beat myself up, sweaty process."       

The Health Sciences Center is a major sponsor of "Get Fit Lubbock", a program that encourages area companies to start wellness plans with incentives to encourage employees to get healthy. And the folks over there can help you get your work force started in a program like that. The TTUHSC contact person for community health programs is Annette boles. Her email is annette.boles@ttuhsc.edu

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