Last week we talked about how stress can affect our health in a negative way. Well, studies show a positive way to control all that stress is through exercise.
It doesn't take that much to start feeling good, just 15 to 20 minutes a day, 3 times a week. Dr. Mimi Zumwalt is the medical advisor for the Texas Tech hockey team and the Cotton Kings. She knows the value of exercise.
"Exercise can increase your metabolism and actually give you energy. It releases all sorts of endorphins and it makes you feel good overall. I tell my patients - take the stairs, if you can. Studies have shown that bus conductors in England with 2 level buses. They live longer because of that," said Dr. Zumwalt.
Not only is Dr. Zumwalt an orthopedic surgeon here at Texas Tech, she is the 2004 WTC Tri-fitness World Champion. But she says you don't have to be a body builder to be fit. And if going to the gym is intimidating, you can stay at home and get a great workout by lifting a water bottle or a 1 pound can of beans. Even housework, she adds, can keep your stress levels under control.
Our age and physical health will always be factors concerning what exercise routine will be best suited for us. If you have concerns, ask your doctor how you can get the exercise you need. I've just learned that any activity we choose will definitely help us control the silent killer of stress. Reporting for NewsChannel 11, I'm Marsha Sharp with Sharp Advice From Texas Tech University.