Despite the health benefits, Dr. Harmon says some people have a hard time envisioning how they will add exercise to their daily lives. It’s something he can relate to given his role as a practicing physician, vice president of medical affairs for Tidelands Health, immediate past chair of the American Medical Association and appointee to a major federal board that helps improve highway safety.
“A lot of my patients will tell me they don’t have the time to exercise,” he says. “I tell myself and my patients you have to steal that time in five-, ten- or 20-minute increments.”
People whose jobs are sedentary and even those who perform physical activities as part of their work can benefit from exercise, Dr. Harmon says. Such activity can provide a psychological boost and help avoid injuries from repetitive activities.
Adding exercise to your routine doesn’t have to be expensive, Dr. Harmon says.
“I can’t think of anything that has a better return on investment of your time,” he says.