Importance of Exercise

Exercise is the topic for today. You know its good for you.

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So, why don’t some of us make time for it?

Let me try to inspire you with 29 reasons I came up with. Nice prime number.

Why exercise:

Enables you to climb stairs without looking sweaty and out of breath

Reduces stress – burns up cortisol

Enhances mitochondrial function, especially burst training or sprinting

Helps regulate insulin levels

May reduce humility

Decreases blood sugar levels

Improves balance

Reduces risk of looking lame as you age

Burns more calories

Can aid weight loss

Improves mood – releases endorphins, dopamine

Delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and organs

Promotes better sleep (just don’t do too close to bedtime)

May improve sex life

Can improve depression

Boosts confidence

Improves appearance

Prevents cognitive decline

Increases the chance that you will spend time outdoors in the fresh air

Reduces risk of cancer and heart disease

Reduces fall risk

Improves likelihood of looking like a babe on the beach

Builds stronger bones

Anti-aging, promotes graceful aging

Improves posture

Enables you to hike, and bike, and other fun stuff

Improves memory

Assuages feelings of guilt for not doing it

Increases your likelihood of winning the lottery (hahaha, just wanted to see if you are still reading this)

How and what:

Health guru Mark Sisson at http://www.marksdailyapple.com advocates 3 types of exercise weekly. And his reasoning makes good sense to me, so I will share his plan in a very condensed version.

  1. Cardio where you get your heart rate up to 180 beats per minute minus your age. So if you are 40 years old, it is recommended that you do not go above 140 for a sustained workout. He recommends accumulating 2.5 to 5 hours of cardio weekly.
  2. Strength training (especially good for bones) should be done 2-3 times weekly, making sure all of the major muscle groups are worked. These workouts should last 10-30 minutes.
  3. Sprints or an equivalent, 1 time weekly. This needs more unfolding to make sure you do it safely. Mark’s Daily Apple site has helpful info on this.

If you are not already exercising, just start somewhere and do more. Then build on that.

I challenge you to start this week by accruing those 2.5-5 hours of cardio. If you wear a Fitbit or Garmin I suggest counting the steps above a baseline of 4000. Thus, every 1000 steps after the first 4000 can count as 10 minutes. By the way, I strongly recommend a tracker that has the heart rate feature so that you can better assess your effort level.

Happy accruing!!!

 

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2 Responses to Importance of Exercise

  1. Eileen Mayfield says:

    The Fitbit tracker and the app with competitions really is motivating! I am sure the other trackers are just as good. Find a tracker that most of your friends are using so you can compete with each other and cheer each other on. Now, the weights/strength training…that’s what i need to work on.

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