Exercise is part of the complete and total package for good health. Exercise is one of the most powerful lifestyle changes we have available to us. Regular & consistent exercise can do all of the following for you:
- Increase metabolic rate
- Burn calories
- Increase muscle mass
- Improve fitness level
- Reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, breast cancer, osteoarthritis and depression
- Give you strength and vitality
- Release those endorphins in your brain
- Lose or maintain weight
- Feel more confident with yourself
The kind of exercise you do is really up to you. It’s not about the spandex; it’s about the movement!
What to do?
There are so many ways you can get exercise. You may not even realize you are doing it…You can chase kids, walk up the stairs at work, run a mile, lift weights, jump rope, take a yoga class, or scale a mountain. You can move anytime, anywhere, any way you like. If you are an on again, off again, exercise kind of gal, try to really commit yourself to a regular program. Set time aside. Studies show that people who exercise in the morning are more successful with staying on their exercise program. Find a pal. Pick an activity you enjoy. Make it fun.If you are not exercising now, and have health problems, consult your physician to get medical clearance before you begin.