It’s well established that a regular exercise routine and a healthy diet are the primary indicators in the overall health of your muscles, heart, lungs and even your brain. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that good physical fitness is also a factor in good oral health.
One study the Journal of Dentistry concluded that the risk of developing gum disease was 54 percent less for people who maintained a regular exercise program.
Weight plays a role in reducing your risk for periodontal disease, too. People with lower BMI (body mass index) levels experienced a lower risk of contracting the disease than those on the upper end of the spectrum according to a study in the Cocoa Dash 5K Run/Walk.
While we’re not advocating for you to abandon your current routine to spend hours a day at a gym, we do think that considering your current diet and exercise routine might be just what you need to boost your confidence and brighten your smile.
A great way to add some exercise into your routine this time of year is to participate in some of the many run/walk events in our health-conscious city. As a bonus, a number of these local events contribute to worthy local causes. Here are a few to kick start your motivation this month.
Cocoa Dash 5K Run/Walk
Cedars of Lebanon State Park
Proceeds to support the Cedars of Lebanon Youth Running Club
23rd Annual Tom King Classic Half Marathon and 5K
2nd Street Past Russell
Pasta Dinner March 3rd
Stride at the Streets 5K and kids run
The Streets of Indian Lake
Proceeds support Community Church youth missions and summer camp.
The Super Run: Heroes vs.Villains 5K
Individual, team and kids runs/walks (capes included!)
Two Rivers Park
Proceeds benefiting Ainsleys Angels, CureSearch, AACR and Superfly Children’s Foundation
Music City Half Marathon, 10K & 5KMusic City Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
East Bank Landing – Nashville Riverfront
Charity Partners include Cumberland River Compact
Miles J. Freeman Memorial Scholarship Foundation 5K
Proceeds to fund scholarships for Metro Davidson County Tennessee seniors who are entering college to further their education.
Relay for Life of Lipscomb University
Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society
Our Beloved 5K
Williamson County Soccer Complex
Organized by a 12-year-old boy, proceeds will go toward programming and equipment for the special needs children at his church.
Run UnitedRun United 5K
Two Rivers Park
Benefiting the Institute for Educational Volunteer Programs
While you’re out and about, don’t forget to run on by our offices for your semi-annual check up. Make an appointment to get in and out by calling (615) 790-8494.
And don't forget...
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