Exercise? Yes, exercise!

So you’ve decided it’s time to start exercising. Fantastic! You’ve made a quality decision to improve your health.

According to Michael R. Bracko, EdD, FACSM, chairman of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Consumer Information Committee. “Exercise is the magic pill, exercise can literally cure diseases like heart disease. Exercise has been implicated in helping people prevent or recover from some forms of cancer. Exercise helps people with arthritis. Exercise helps people prevent and reverse depression.” These reasons alone should have as fully motivated to include more exercise. Not to mention that exercise can help you lose weight too.

However, just knowing the benefits is not enough. You need to exercise and do so consistently in order to reap changes to your health. But let’s face it, if it was easy everyone would do it. The truth is it takes commitment to make it part of your routine. Thankfully, you can experience positive changes even with low level exercises.

Your exercise options are vast from walking, gardening, biking, dancing and yes, even household chores. The key is to do something that you enjoy and stick with it. I personally try to stay active by walking and keeping the house tidy. I must confess that for me that means walking indoors. Sounds a little pathetic, but if I neglect even this my body starts complaining. I long for the day I will join my hubby running but for now walking is what I can safely include. I always encourage people to start slow and then increase your time and activity gradually. Start somewhere and make it a daily priority.

If you have not exercised routinely in a long time make sure you get clearance from your primary doctor before you begin. It is also crucial that you listen to your body, the days of “no pain no gain” are passé or foolish to say the least. Work your way towards greater goals, in time you will reap the benefits of being more active.

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