Exercise Is Important For Your Health
Exercise Is Important For Your Health in life that anyone can do – anytime and really even anywhere. Unfortunately, it is also one of the things that we procrastinate about and make excuses why we can’t do – no time, too tired, too hard…We are doing ourselves a HUGE disservice by not partaking in daily exercise and movement.
Our bodies were designed to move and stretch and bend and when we fail to do that regularly we will reap the problems that being sedentary brings. According to an article from the Mayo Clinic – the merits of regular physical activity range from preventing chronic health conditions to promoting weight loss to better sleep.
Before you begin any exercise program – if you have been inactive for a long time or if you have any kind of health challenge always check with and work with your doctor or health care practitioner before beginning training. The key is to start slow and work gradually up to where your goal is set.
The article lists seven specific ways that exercise can benefit your health.
- Exercise improves your mood. Physical activity actually stimulates various brain chemicals that make you feel happier and more relaxed than before you started a work out of some kind. Exercise is also a great way to blow off steam or release tension if you have some stresses trying to take hold of you. Regular physical activity can help you feel and look better which can build your confidence and even improve depression.
- Exercise combats chronic disease. There are many things that regular physical activity can help prevent and also manage when it comes to some of the chronic diseases we are plagued with. Lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, helps prevent type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and certain kinds of cancer.
- Exercise helps you manage your weight. I think most of us know that when we engage in physical activity we burn calories. The more intense the exercise the more calories you burn. There are many little things you can do to add activity or exercise in your day like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or doing a quick walk on your lunch break. I keep a re-bounder in the family room and can just stop and jump for a few minutes as I am walking through or sometimes I jump through the commercials of a TV program. If you don’t have a re-bounder try jumping jacks during commercials or have some hand weights close to use as you are watching TV. We need to use our imagination through out the day for extra activities..dedicated work outs are great and planned walks several times a week with a friend are perfect for getting the movement we all need.
- Exercise boosts your energy level. Regular physical activity helps your entire cardiovascular system or the pumping of blood through the heart and blood vessels work better. This is important because as they work more efficiently more oxygen and nutrients are available to your tissues. As this happens you will feel more energetic and wanting to do the things you enjoy.
- Exercise promotes better sleep. A good nights sleep is important for concentration, better productivity and a more balanced mood. Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. The one thing to pay attention to is not exercising close to bed time because they may get you feeling too energized to fall asleep. If this is a problem for you just start earlier in the day.
- Exercise can put the spark back in your sex life. Studies indicate that regular exercise may have a positive effect on your sex life by leaving you feeling more energized and looking better.
- Exercise – believe it or not can even be fun! Too often exercise is thought of as “work” or something we “have to go do”. This is really unfortunate and something we should start to look at differently. Why not think of things that are FUN that you could do with the family..a hike in the nearest nature center trail, trying out a climbing wall, or even taking a kick box or ballroom dancing class with your spouse! Of course in the summer head for outside activities from soccer, tennis, swimming, horse back riding, baseball or even just going down the slides or pushing the kids in swings at the park. Do indoor things like bowling and roller skating in the winter with the kids or just have a gym night at home with everybody doing callisthenics’s in the basement or family room. Use your imagination and just focus and any ways you can increase your activity through out the day.
Another expert, Dr. James Chestnut, advises to get in the right paradigm about exercise – if you are still thinking it is too hard or it takes too much time or any other excuse you can come up with – you need to realize that your thinking could be flawed. According to one expert concerning exercise it is a genetic necessary nutrient as important as Vit C or any other vital nutrient. He states that: “ It’s what you think you know to be true, which turns out to be false that hurts you.
So we have established our WHY to exercise.
WHEN to exercise is totally dependent on each individuals daily habits and schedules. You do not have to go to a work out facility or gym in order to fullfill your daily requirements although these would be totally acceptable of course. T
There are many things you can do through out the day that can count toward your plan and you do them as they fit into your schedule or time alotment. We need to get creative. Things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, taking a brief walk after lunch, doing stretches, leg bends while sitting at the desk on the phone, even fidgetting can count.
At home there is house work like vacuuming and dusting, babysitting or playing with young children, rebounding during TV commercials or even jumping jacks or situps, doing yard, garden or flowerbed chores, renting exercise videos, walking, jogging, hiking or biking with a friend, the ideas are almost endless. The point is work in some time in your day. Again start slow if this is new to you. Work up to 6 days a week doing a variety of exercises for 45 – 60 minutes per day.
For those serious about starting a daily exercise practice Dr. Mercola has a nice exercise table that you can keep a running flow on your practice. Start out as many days a week as you can and add 1 day per week until you are exercising 6. As far as length of time – same principle start with as many minutes a day as you can and add 1 minute per day until you reach 45-60 minutes/day.
One final caution as we will soon be in the warmer days of the year…we need to remember to use some common sense when exercising in hot weather.
- Here are a few tips for staying cool while exercising in hot-weather.Start out easy at first and let your body adapt to the heat with a gradual increase of time and intensity of your workout or activity.
- Make sure to drink plenty of liquids to replace water lost through sweating…drink even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you are working out longer than an hour you may want to drink a sports drink with electrolytes that are lost during sweating.
- Make sure to wear lightweight, light colored and loose fitting clothes that allow more air to pass over the body. This will help with sweat evaporation and cooling.
- Make sure to avoid the warmest part of the day for your outside exercise -trying for morning or early evening instead. If possible exercise in the shade or a pool.
- Be informed on signs of heat related illness and know when to call it quits.
Some signs of heat related problems to watch for include:
- muscle cramps
- rapid heartbeat
Get out of the heat, stop exercising, drink water and wet and fan your skin if you get any of these symptoms. Get to medical help if you or someone you are with becomes faint, confused or develops of temp higher than 102 degrees F.
Start reaping the benefits of regular physical activity today. Your body will again show its appreciation with feeling better and giving you more energy to get through the day.
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