Exercise is a crucial part of improving your health, especially as an individual gets older. Some benefits of exercise include:
Reduces risk of disease
Increases aerobic capacity
Makes your heart stronger by increasing the stroke volume.
Increases high density lipoprotein (HDL) or the GOOD cholesterol.
Lowers high blood pressure.
Strengthens the bones
Decreases levels of triglycerides (fat) in your blood.
Increase immune strength
Reduces stress and depression
Increases the quality of circulation throughout your body making your skin look healthier.
There is no excuse for not getting your daily exercise in. The average person wouldnt make excuses for no eating, so they shouldnt make excuses for not exercising. If you would substitute a T.V show for your exercise time than that should be all you need. The common three excuses I hear about avoiding exercise include:
Lack of Time. I heard this countless of times and people always say that they have prior commitments.
Costly equipment and gym membership.
Bad weather or inefficient lights at night-time.
The truth of the matter is if you were really desperate to find a way to exercise you would find a way, no doubt. If cost is an issue than just invest in a new pair of running shoes. You could run around your neighborhood and perform some calisthenics when you get home.
Tips to Remember when exercising
Start off slowly: If you have been sedentary for quite some time, do not try to run a marathon, your body wont appreciate it and it could be dangerous for your health. Start off walking than pick up the pace as you progress. There is no need to go overboard when starting off, take your time and make gradual increases. If youre overweight I would suggest starting off walking.
Be constant: Dont exercise for an hour on Monday and wait till the next Monday to exercise again. Thats two long of a break if youre trying to get in shape, or loss weight. It has been researched that 30 minutes of exercise a day is the minimum needed to reap any weight loss benefits. I personally would recommend 60 minutes if you want to lose weight more quickly. Of course, dont do it all in one shot. Do one 30 minute session in the morning and the other in the afternoon.
Gradually increase your intensity: After you get use to a particular exercise your body wont gain any benefits, its time to change the intensity. As again, give your body as long as it needs for it to get use to a program, than after it has plateau move on to something more challenging.
Have fun: If youre doing exercise and are not having fun, than I would guess that you will not stick to it for long. Find something exciting to do, so that you can kill two birds with one stone. You will get your exercise in, and you will also have a good time.
Set goals: There is no point in doing something without a purpose or meaning to you. Always set goals for yourself, and never stop doing it. When you set goals you have something specific to aim for and you will be more determined during exercise.
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