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Race Day September 22, 2018

Healthy Living Expo September 20-21, 2018

Good news sports fans! Watching sports is good for your health.

, by St. Luke's

Football season is upon us, and with that comes lots of time spent on the couch (or on your feet screaming at your favorite team). A recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Autonomic Neuroscience determined that just watching sports gets one’s blood pumping.

The study shows that by merely watching someone perform physical activity, your body reacts with increased blood flow, respiration, heart rate, and sweat-release, stimulating the sympathetic nervous system. You’re, in essence, mimicking exercise.

This doesn’t mean that your weekend sports fix is enough to keep you fit. It’s hardly news that staying physically active is one of the most powerful ways to keep you healthy and help you live a full, long life. Exercise boosts your mood, improves your cardiovascular system, widdles your waistline, helps you sleep, and stays off disease and illness. By exercising 30 minutes a day, five days a week, you can reduce your risk of premature death by 27%. While watching the football or baseball game on TV has its benefits, it’s still important to throw the pigskin yourself. 

For more tips on exercise, stop by the St. Luke’s booth at the FitOne Expo. And find out your fitness score through FREE health screenings for adults, brought to you by St. Luke’s in partnership with SelectHealth. After your screening you can talk privately with a health coach about your health improvement goals and how to achieve them.

You’ll be able to get measurements of your:

  • Blood glucose (requires 2-hour fast prior; water is fine)
  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index and waist circumference
  • Functional movement (FMS) - squat
  • Cancer prevention information

No registration required for health screenings

Join us at the FitOne Expo!

  • Thursday, Sept. 18, 4-9 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Boise Centre, 850 West Front Street         

Tags: fitness,health,life balance,physical activity,goal setting