Welcome to our Whole Family Health Storefront.

Whole Family Health related sites shopping cart
Great products for the whole family for your whole your life.

General Health: Cell Exercise

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.

More 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 pressure;
  • reduces feelings of depression and anxiety; promotes psychological well-being;
  • helps control weight;
  • helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints;
  • helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling.

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 exercise.

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 regularly.

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 track.

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.