It’s another beautiful day here in sunny Panama City, Florida.
Thousands of sunburned spring breakers are still underfoot, and clogging beach traffic into ‘it’s faster to walk’ status.
And, judging from my observations, made while otherwise minding my own business, the breakers are gleefully eager to trip over the money traps our local merchants have skillfully set up in the natural habitats of the, at the moment – anything but rare, hedonistly driven college students.
Ah, to be young and stupid again!
Uh, not really.
Moving on to some things that have been on my mind…
Because of my dumb luck of being born into a gene pool of long-living humanoids, and because I’m very active in my daily life, I’m in real decent physical shape for an old dude.
A really, really old dude.
Yet, with just a little effort, I could be fitter…
For example, I don’t make it a point to do regular strength workouts. Plus, I often sit too long without getting up and moving around.
Because I know better, on both accounts, that’s kinda dumb.
Other than doing some random push-ups, I let my strength building come from the goings on of 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 higher 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 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 bikes. We both spend time hiking, sightseeing and doing other outdoor 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 we expect to live healthier and longer, we must stay active!
Note: It’s a good idea to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always welcome…