Regular exercise helps prevent many chronic diseases like heart disease, strokes, colon & breast cancer and diabetes…
Exercise can also slow down, and perhaps reverse, the physical decay of brain tissues that comes from aging. Source
Just by dumb luck, my Mom’s family were so cantankerous that they wouldn’t give up the ghost until well after their expiration date.
And, from the advancing age 6 of her children, it looks like we’re gonna be around until we’ve clearly overstayed our welcome.
I mean, I’ve already survived 3 congestive heart failures, chronic depression, both high and low blood pressure problems and remain in real decent physical shape for an old Dude in his early 70’s.
One reason I can still do pretty much anything I want, is by luck of birth, as mentioned.
On the other hand, I eat very little processed food, don’t smoke or drink, get regular physical checkups, stay at a healthy weight, drink lots of filtered water, work up a sweat doing something physical everyday and don’t carry a grudge or stress out on stuff I can’t control.
Yet, with just a little more effort, I could be fitter…
For example, I’ve never make it a point to do regular strength workouts. Plus, since starting this blog, I often sit too long without getting up and moving around.
Because I know better, on both accounts, that’s kinda dumb on my part.
Other than doing some random push-ups, I let my strength building come from the goings on of my normal living.
Sometimes I’m planted at this keyboard for hours, before I remember that researchers are publishing studies suggesting sitting plays havoc on our general health.
I’ve gotta get motivated to correct these two issues. Yeah, that’s it, I need me some old-fashioned motivation.
On the meantime, let’s talk about…
11 Life Changing Benefits of Calculated Exercise:
“Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug…” Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
Regular exercise helps prevent many chronic diseases like heart disease, strokes, colon & breast cancer and diabetes. Exercise can also slow down, and perhaps reverse, the physical decay of brain tissue that comes with aging. Source
More than 60 percent of American adults don’t get enough exercise. U.S. government studies found that inactivity increases with age, especially among women.
And, according to the CDC, 25% of us move so little that we’re considered ‘inactive’.
People with lower education and lower incomes, are less likely to intentionally exercise than are better educated and wealthier people.
Exercise needn’t be strenuous…
Even moderate exercise, 10 minutes and longer, done on a regular schedule, can improve the health and feelings of well-being, even for previously sedentary (inactive) people.
Within individual thresholds, we get greater health benefits if we increase the frequency, length and intensity of our exercise sessions…
We’re kinda on our on there, because the scientific community is divided upon when enough exercise slip slides into the realm of too much, and perhaps reverses some benefits.
11 Benefits Of Regular Exercise:
- Prevents osteoporosis, maintains bone density
- Boosts cognitive abilities
- Increases heart, lung and muscle fitness
- Improves balance and lowers risk of falling
- Essential for weight control and losing weight
- Improves sexual performance and increases sexual desire
- Relieves symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety
- Boosts energy levels and increases stamina
- Helps you sleep better
- Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
- Increases blood flow and builds lung capacity and ups oxygen levels
I walk about 4 miles daily, do my own yard work and do most of the home maintenance jobs that come with the ‘pride’ of home ownership.
My wife, Treasa, practices and teaches, yoga and she likes to take her bike out for vigorous rides. We both like hiking, sightseeing and doing other outdoor type activities.
Being older, we respect aging’s effect upon our lives. Yet, we aren’t inclined to take to our couch, unless it’s for ‘fooling around’ and those kinda fun things.
Bottom-line: If you expect to live healthier and longer, you must stay active!
P.S. It’s a good idea to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
Until next time…