Benefits of Exercising

By admin On June 29, 2010 Under Therapies

The Benefits of Exercising Are Too Critical to Ignore.

Action is the basis of life. Without movement we would soon cease to be able to move. How much we exercise determines how well we will move and is one of the most powerful determiners of our health.

Exercise Can:

  • Improve Your Mood Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that make you feel better which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem and prevent depression.  In fact, research has shown that exercise is more effective at treating depression than drugs in the long run. 
  • Fight Chronic Diseases Inactivity is a cause of disease. Exercise circulates the blood and produces life giving changes in it.
  • Encourage Optimal Weight Exercise burns calories.
  • Increase Your Energy Activity helps the cardiovascular system to operate more efficiently and increases oxygen and nutrients to the tissues, giving you more energy.
  • Help You Sleep Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep.
  • Jump Start Your Sex Life Exercise can not only make you feel more like sex but it can lead to enhanced arousal for women, and prevent erectile dysfunction in men.
  • Increase Your Enjoyment Exercise is fun. Swim, hike, dance, climb, ski, surf, play ball. Find something you enjoy and go for it.

Largest Increase In Benefit From Just Starting

Don’t worry about going out and flogging yourself though. The most benefit is derived in going from couch potato to moderate exercise.  Benefit dramatically decreases between moderate fitness and high fitness.

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What is the best exercise? Walking is the best exercise. It is low impact, enjoyable, and brings every part of the body into use.  45 minutes a day will set you on the path toward optimal health.

Strength Training is Not Just For Gym Rats

Strength training is vitally important if you want to reap the full benefits of exercising.   It sustains muscle strength, preserves lean body mass, and increases quality of life into your later years.  Studies have shown that weight training can even help bed-ridden nursing home residents to get up and walk.  Consequently, everyone should make it a habit early in life and continue it as long as they live.

Here Are Some Tips For Starting a Weight Training Program:

  • Get Help If you are a beginner, a trainer can really help. Otherwise, there are some great sites on the web that can tutor you.
  • Get Equipment Dumbbells, a ball, tubing are pretty inexpensive. Or you can go to a gymn.
  • Warm Up Your muscles need to ease into lifting slowly to prevent injury. Get your blood moving first with some light exercise or a light set of each exercise before you go to heavier weights.
  • Go Slowly Perform each motion slowly throughout. Don’t lift by momentum.
  • Breathe Oxygen is important with any exercise. Breathe out during exertion.
  • Twice a Week You need to work your core, upper, and lower body at least twice a week.
  • Sets and Repetitions Do 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions of each exercise. At the end of each set, your muscles should feel fatigued. The last few repetitions should be challenging.

You can either do all the exercises in a circuit, where you go though a series and repeat. Or you can do all the sets in each exercise and then move to the next one.

If You’re Not Into Weights, Here Are a Few of the Best Exercises to Strengthen Your Body Overall, Especially Your Core:

  • Squats This works all the major lower body muscles all at once. Stand with your feet slightly out, directly beneath your hips. Bend your knees slowly, keeping your torso straight and abs tight. Don’t let your knees go in front of your toes or go lower than 90 degrees. You should do 10-15 repetitions, every other day.  Squats are truly an amazing exercise for improved health.
  • Push Ups Pushups move nearly every muscle in your body. When you do pushups, your hands should be placed wider than your shoulders. You should take care to always keep your body straight, with no bending or sagging. Lower your body to the point where your arms are at 90 degrees as you exhale then push back up. Do every other day, adding a repetition each time you do it.
  • The Plank Assume a pushup position, resting on your elbows or hands. Keep your body straight from head to toes. Hold the position for up to a minute and repeat as many times as you can. You can start on your knees and work your way up to your toes.

Need An Extra Edge?

If you want to take that extra step to even better fitness, there are ways to jump start your metabolism and encourage even more vibrant health.  Super fitness is not beyond your reach, no matter where you are in life.

It is Affordable And Powerful.  What Are You Waiting For?

Walking every day and frequently doing simple muscle strengthening exercises can make a dramatic difference in your overall health and strength.  The benefits of exercising are yours if you will just do it.  There are few things more beneficial to keeping you healthy into old age.

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