Today i want to get you to think about exercise for better health. Exercise is absolutely critical if you wish to be blessed with good health.
This is Part 4 of the 12 Basic Keys for Healthy Living! If you have missed the previous parts, you will find them here:
Part 1 – 12 Basic Keys To Healthy Living
Part 2 – Key 1 Feed Your Body Every 3 Hours
Part 3 – Key 2 Healthy Breakfast
We already know that physical activity has a bounty of benefits, which makes it so puzzling why so many people just don’t do it. When it comes down to it, wanting to live healthier requires one to give up some time and devote it to the body.
Having worked in the fitness industry for many years, it still amazes me why so many people wait until they are diagnosed with conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, or high blood pressure before they step into a gym. Until then they don’t seem to be able to find the motivation to get off the couch and exercise.
Exercise is a key element in improving or maintaining health and well being. People of all ages can substantially enhance their health and the quality of their life by doing a reasonable amount of physical activity daily. Without jumping on my soap box, let me state one very simple fact. Exercise promotes health and helps prevent disease and illness.
Getting strong and breaking into a sweat on a regular basis is a vital component of becoming and staying a healthy person. Think of an exercise program as medicine. This medication is the most powerful thing you can prescribe for yourself to prevent the many nasty diseases and conditions that may well come your way, unless you do something to prevent them.
Stress accumulates in the body as stored energy. Therefore, an incredibly important way to relieve stress is to exercise. Exercise is great for physical and mental health. Exercise will help reduce the physical strain of working all day. Exercise is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself.
Regular exercise can help you look and feel better. The benefits of exercise include:
- It is essential to physical health
- Reduces cholesterol build up
- Increases lung capacity
- Invigorates us
- Improves our skin circulation
- Tones our muscles
- Strengthens our bones
- Makes us feel healthier
- More energetic
- Helps us to sleep more soundly
- Reduces tension
- Distracts us from our problems
- Disperses anger
- Makes us feel mentally healthier
- Makes us more able to tackle our problems
- Reduces the danger of heart disease; diabetes; high blood pressure; colon cancer
- Less mood swings
- Fights the feelings of depression and anxiety
- Helps to control body weight
- A sense of psychological well-being
Benefits in the fight against Stress
Let me now give you some of the incredibly important benefits of exercise to managing stress:
- When exercising we release beneficial chemicals into our brains and bodies
- Exercise focuses our mind away from the causes of our stress
- Exercise warms and relaxes our muscles which are cold and tight when we are stressed
- Exercise contributes to creating a healthy body which reduces our susceptibility to stress
- Exercise will increase the blood flow to our brain
- Hormones are released through exercise
- Exercise stimulates the nervous system
- Chemicals such as beta-endorphin are produced in the body during exercise which have a positive effect on how we feel
- Exercise can produce a powerful sense of well-being, creating a high directly reducing the feelings of stress.
- Exercise reduces tension and increases fitness.
- Exercise refreshes you, makes you stronger and makes you more able to cope with what life throws at you
So with exercise being such a great method in managing stress as well as helping to decrease the risk of heart disease, preventing high blood pressure and assisting you to lose weight, let this be the motivation for you to find time in your life to take up exercise on a regular basis, regardless of your age, shape or size.
You should aim for 50 minutes of exercise every day of the week. Even if you can’t find the time to do this in 50 consecutive minutes, you should be able to break up your exercise time into 5, or 10 minute slots.