Aug 8, 2012

We Need to Exercise

Some of us don’t mind exercising, for others running is something you do only when a man is chasing you with a knife.  Statistics show over and over again that the unhealthiest people are those who do no form of exercise. Regular exercise helps to control weight, boosts the immune system, combats disease, boosts energy, promotes better sleep, helps the sex life, helps manage stress, helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, reduces the risk of diabetes and enhances work performance.

‘I’m on a strict running program – I started yesterday – I’ve only missed one day so far’.

Planning to make daily exercise a habit is the way to go. The secrets are: start slowly, find someone to exercise with to keep you accountable and pick an exercise you like.

Health professionals say that any exercise is better than none and are generally agreed that 30 minutes a day is a good minimum. This can include gardening, mowing the lawn, cleaning around the house, walking up and down a few flights of stairs and stepping out for a brisk walk or leaving the car at home for short trips.

‘the only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down others, side stepping responsibility and pushing their luck.’

Recommended physical activity for various age groups:
18 – 35 yrs is the best stage of life to be involved in sport. Children and teenagers who play sport reap the rewards in later life of health and more benefits from physical activity. At this age the body should be properly rested at least once a week.

35 – 50 yrs workout moderately three days a week. Over doing it at this age can result in injury and low risk activities such as swimming, walking and biking are best.

50 – 60 yrs start small if not accustomed to regular exercise and gradually build up. Golf, swimming, biking and walking  are suggested. Always consult with your doctor first. Stretching and pilates can also be beneficial.

60 yrs and over – swimming and aqua aerobics along with walking can increase organ resistance to aging and lower muscular and cardio vascular deterioration. Once again always consult with your doctor.

Seniors can also try this regimen: obtain two 5 lb potato sacks and hold each at arm’s length while standing for one full minute then relax. Do this exercise for two weeks then move to 10 lb sacks doing the same exercise. Once you feel strong enough, probably after two weeks, move up to 50 lb sacks and after two more weeks change to 100 lb sacks. When you start to feel confident at this level try putting one potato in each sack.

Sharon Freeman is a freelancer who writes about Shoulder Surgery and health information for companies like Kaliper Orthopedics.

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