Pace yourself and look forward to enjoying those extra 6 years!

Good news: moderate exercise provides the most benefits and increases life span. No need to worry about strenuous workouts – exercising should be a process of physical and psychological rejuvenation and de-stressing. Studies show that jogging 2.5 hours a week at a slow pace (10 or 11 minutes per mile) leads to “an increase of, on average, 6.2 years in the life span of male joggers and 5.6 years in women.”

“We can say with certainty that regular jogging increases longevity,” Dr. Peter Schnorr…said. “The good news is that you don’t actually need to do that much to reap the benefits…Mortality is lower in people reporting moderate jogging than in non-joggers or those undertaking extreme levels of exercise.”

Like I always say, exercise is 1/3 the battle for weight loss. It has been a key component of my 125 lb weight loss journey and I cannot emphasize the benefits enough – tremendous physical and psychological benefits, and particularly a preventative care program for many diseases.

I mainly do weight resistance training. I’ve been biking and taking walks down the Chicago lakefront now that summertime’s here. Enjoy fun and active summer activities, and don’t forget about the other 2/3 of weight loss: eating healthy. Be the tortoise, not the hare! Here’s to pacing ourselves through a healthy life!

What does your exercise schedule look like?

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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