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The Benefits of Gentle Exercise

Can light to moderate exercise, when performed regularly, have long-lasting benefits to your health?

According to new studies, moderate exercise can lower your mortality rate and boost your heart health. Moderate exercise may also improve insulin sensitivity in diabetes patients even more than more vigorous exercise, according to an article in Time magazine titled, “You Asked: Is Intense Exercise Better for Your Health?



You may have heard that walking 10,000 steps can benefit your health. In another article, Time reports that while higher steps can mean even better health, just walking 5,000 steps can improve health for anyone who is sedentary or who works a desk job. Just getting up to walk a bit every hour and taking a short walk sometime during the day can mean huge benefits to your health.



If you enjoy dance or martial arts, you might want to consider trying Nia. Nia is an acronym for neuromuscular integrative action, and it is a practice that integrates dance, martial arts, meditative mindfulness, and other practices into a gentle fitness and art practice.


According to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Nia may help improve your circulation, balance, coordination, and range of motion. It may also help you reduce stress through mindfulness and increased oxygen levels.


Yoga and Stretching

Gentle exercise like yoga and stretching can help you develop muscular strength while reducing stress. The American Osteopathic Association suggests yoga can help improve the body’s ability to heal itself through regular practice. This can also aid in flexibility and preventing injury from other activities or from falls.


Gentle Fitness at the Winterville Center

Are you interested in experiencing the benefit of gentle exercise for yourself? Try one of our SilverSneakers classes! Gentle Nia meets on Mondays at 1 p.m. SilverSneakers Stretch meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and SilverSneakers Yoga meets Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

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