Cell exercise can't be ignored in our quest for good health.
Exercise—some people seem to love it. Witness the joggers, cyclists, and
softball players we see on a daily basis throughout the year. Others,
however, just don’t like to sweat. They would never think of becoming
involved in a sport, and manage to get as little exercise as possible.
They drive short distances, hire people to do any physical chores, and
can’t even be bothered to get up to change the channel (Hey, that’s what
a remote is for!).
If you’re one of these people, read carefully.
Exercise is truly one of the most important and easiest things we can do
to guarantee good health.
When we exercise routinely, our bodies
work more efficiently—we use less energy to get better results. This
pertains not only to physical movement—we can walk further, shop longer,
play with the kids more energetically—but also to fighting disease. When
we are in shape, we better use our energy when fighting disease or
stress, or in the healing process. This can result in a faster recovery
time, less stress, and a more powerful immune system.
specifically, Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon
General lists the following benefits of exercise; it:
- reduces the risk of dying prematurely and from heart disease, and of
developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer;
- helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood
- reduces feelings of depression and anxiety; promotes psychological
- helps control weight;
- helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints;
- helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without
What can you do?
To get the benefits of exercise, you don’t have to turn into an exercise
fanatic. Just keep the following in mind:
Find activities that
you enjoy—participating in an activity only because "it’s good for
me" is probably not going to result in a long-term commitment to
Make the exercise convenient—if you have to drive across town, or
spend a half hour getting ready, you will be less likely to exercise
Vary your activities and how you do them—doing the same thing over and
over gets boring. The solution is to vary your activities and how you do
them. Walk one night, cycle another. Go bowling. Take different routes
on your walks and bowl with different people.
Keep track of progress—improvement is great motivation, so keep a log.
You can see your progress by noting how long an activity takes, how long
you can do it, or just how you feel afterward. Develop a system and keep
Lighten up—don’t become obsessed with exercise; this can lead to
exercising too much (and to a sudden loss of friends).
Don’t give up—if you are exhausted after your first try, and see no
improvement after subsequent exercise attempts, don’t give up. Remember,
it may have taken years of inactivity to get into the bad shape you may
be in; it will take more than a few days, or weeks, to get out of it.
Make exercise a part of your day—get exercise whenever the opportunity
presents itself. Ditch your car and walk or cycle when you run errands.
Walk up stairs and forego the escalator. Don’t look for the closest
parking space, look for the farthest.