Health Watch - Exercise: Skating

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about exercise. It has a lot of physical and emotional benefits. Exercise can help you keep from gaining weight and may help you manage stress during the upcoming holiday season. The best way to maintain an exercise program is to find something you enjoy. If it’s fun, it doesn’t feel like a chore, and you’re more likely to stick with it.

One fun seasonal activity is ice skating. Dr. Alison Dobbie, chair of family and community medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says ice skating is fun, aerobic and weight-bearing, which makes it an ideal exercise for women in their 40s and 50s. It’s also a social activity, without being a team sport. Even if you didn’t skate as a child, you should be able to pick it up with adult-friendly coaching, especially if you ever participated in dance or gymnastics. The important thing is to find something you enjoy doing enough that you’re willing to do it regularly.

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November 2010


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