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The last time I played tennis I remember it being a significant workout. That was especially true because I was on the losing end of the game, meaning I ran twice as far and hard as the person who knew how to play.

Bad news for those attempting to replace your daily recommended exercise with the new interactive video games. It seems that in spite of having the appearance of participating in sports and exercise, they don’t even come close to meeting the minimum recommended exercise regimens. So, that game of tennis in front of your TV may be fun, but isn’t going to keep you, or get you fit.

So, back to the good advice. Which ever regimen you buy into, 30 minutes a day 5 times a week, 60 minutes a day 3 times a week, 10 minutes 3 times a day every day……….which ever one you choose, the truth is that if you honestly exercise, get your heart rate up, sweat a little, theoretically you’ll be healthier and live longer.

Exercise helps control weight, and avoiding obesity can help you avoid diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. That’s all good stuff. Is it a pain in the rear to exercise regularly? I guess it can be, but there are so many things you can do, including just going for a walk like my 85 year old dad, that most anyone can find something that works and doesn’t drive them crazy.

Bottom line. Exercise pays off in so many ways. I know I feel better, more energized, after I go for a run. And if it beats back obesity and all of those related problems, it’s bound to be good news for your life insurance rates. Sorry to be the one to pass on the news about the video games. NOT!