Simple Tips Part 2
It doesn’t’ get any more simple than this:
Move Your Body
By implementing just a few simple changes,
you will find that you can eat healthier
and be more active – important steps on the road to good health.
ON MOVING YOUR BODY . . .
“A body in motion stays in motion while
a body at rest stays at rest”
I just love the simplicity and veracity
of this message ~ it really says it all.
Engaging in daily movement
is one of the best ways to ensure that our
bodies will continue to move and support us throughout our day and as we age.
It does not have to be complicated,
it does not have to be strenuous,
it just has to be.
The key is enjoyment and consistency.
Find something you like, and do it everyday.
That could mean walking, skipping, yoga, swimming, cardio blast, dancing, rebounding,
jogging, tennis, cycling . . .
If you are just getting started,
set aside 20 minutes a day, and after a week, increase to 30 minutes a day.
Why is movement so important?
Exercise may be the closest thing to the fountain of youth.
Regular activity strengthens your muscles and improves heart and lung function, AND it can also reduce your risk of major diseases, stimulate the growth of new brain cells,
and add years to your life.
TOP 10 REASONS TO MOVE YOUR BODY:
1.Keep you young.
Workouts such as brisk walking or cycling boost the amount of oxygen consumed during exercise. Improving your aerobic capacity by just 15 to 25 percent would be like shaving 10 to 20 years off your age. Aerobic exercise may also stimulate the growth of new brain
cells in older adults.
Moderate workouts temporarily rev-up the immune system by increasing the aggressiveness or capacity of immune cells. That may explain why people who exercise catch fewer colds.
3.Prevent heart attacks.
Not only does exercise raise “good” HDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure, but new research shows it reduces arterial inflammation, another risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.
New evidence shows that upper-body and breathing exercises can reduce the need to use an inhaler in mild cases of asthma.
5.Control blood sugar.
Exercise helps maintain a healthy blood-sugar level by increasing the cells’ sensitivity to insulin and by controlling weight. Regular brisk walking can significantly cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
6.Protect against cancer.
Exercise may reduce the risk of colon-cancer by speeding waste through the gut and lowering the insulin level. It may also protect against breast and prostate cancer by regulating hormone levels.
7. Combat stress.
Regular aerobic exercise lowers levels of stress hormones. For many people, exercise helps relieve depression as effectively as antidepressant medication.
8.Relieve hot flashes.
Increasing fitness by walking or practicing yoga enhances mood and reduces some menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats.
9.Protect men’s health.
Pelvic exercises help prevent erectile dysfunction and possibly benign prostate enlargement, a common cause of urinary problems.
10. Prolong life.
Studies lasting many years have consistently shown that being active cuts the risk of premature death by about 50 percent for men and women.