Exercise Does Good things for You

Exercise Does Good things for You

On week-ends I try and walk outdoors for at least 50 minutes and sometimes an hour. On week days I’m lucky to get in 30 minutes outdoors but I usually get in close to 30 minutes on the treadmill or Nordic Track. I’m also trying to institute and new behavior: on those mornings – or afternoons- when it’s a long sit at the computer, I’ll change up after a couple of hours and walk for 15 minutes on the Treadmill.  To be honest, my rear end starts aching after all that sit time.

It’s a wonder what 10 minutes can do.

I like to exercise because I relish how I feel after I exercise.  And for once I’m in tune with the research which says even moderate exercise has enormous health benefits.

The beauty of walking is you don’t have to be athletic.  Walking at a brisk pace for 30 minutes or more for 5 days a week will give you some mighty health benefits.

Aerobic condition is at the core of any exercise program.  The goal is to become more aerobically fit.  For me that means including some moderate jogging during my walks so my heart rate does up.  I’m not jogging anymore so I don’t have too many chances to raise my heart rate and break a sweat.  But I’m getting better at it because I know there are so many health benefits.  For example, a regular exercise program can help you

  • Lower your blood pressure.
  • Improve your cholesterol numbers.
  • Help you manage your type 2 diabetes.
  • Helps you control your blood sugar so you don’t become insulin dependent’
  • Helps present osteoporosis.
  • Strengthens the immune system and prevents cancer.
  • Helps maintain your mental well-being.
  • Increases your energy and stamina.

To prevent exercise from doing you more harm than good, be sure to stretch some just to warm up before you exercise and  stretch more after you exercise. You don’t want any tight muscles. Get motivated and find a friend or a neighbor to walk with and take your puppy – that will keep you busy.  Then you can play bridge and have coffee.

Confirm with your doctor about how much you can exercise and about how much you should be exercising. Keep in mind that exercising doesn’t mean you’re going to live longer and you still may be uncomfortable driving at night. It does promise, however, that your life can be more enjoyable because you feeling healthy, you can turn to look behind you when you back up your car, and you have the energy to do what you want to do.

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