Today we are continuing with our blogs written by various staff members. Today’s blog is written by Kimberly Carpenter.
Why do I exercise?? I’m on the other side of 50 and face different challenges than when I was in my 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. My metabolism has slowed down, my muscles have become less efficient, and more prone to injury,
so I exercise! My family history includes heart disease, hypertension, obesity, arthritis and cancer, so I exercise! I have young(er) co-workers I have to keep up with, so I exercise! I like to golf, cycle, dance, and spend time with friends, so I exercise. The more energy I expend, the more I have. I have a mortgage, an aging parent, kids in college, a sick child, household chores, a daughter-in-law**, a dog to walk, and other stress, so I exercise!
**I LOVE YOU, EMILY!
Why Should YOU Exercise?
Same reasons why I exercise!
- To relieve stress.
- To prevent diseases
- To manage weight
- To feel energized!
To have all these and perhaps throw in living longer? Look no further than exercise. No gimmicks. No fast weight loss plans. No quick fixes. No drugs. EXERCISE! The health benefits of regular exercise are hard to ignore. Regardless of your age, sex, or physical ability, you can improve your life through physical activity or exercise. The question should be “Why wouldn’t I exercise?”. Why wouldn’t YOU exercise?
Exercise Controls Weight
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap the benefits of weight loss. If you are unable to go to the gym for an actual workout, simply be more active during your day—take the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther away, rev up the household chores. Of course, a great benefit of managing weight is to look cute in those size 6 jeans….or 8’s or 12’s…whatever is cute to you….but, more importantly is function and health.
Exercise Controls Pain
Knees hurt? A reduction of ONE pound subtracts FOUR pounds of pressure from the knees for each step taken. Losing 10 pounds means that each knee is subjected to 48,000 fewer pounds of pressure for every mile walked!
Ankles roll? Excess weight adds stress on bones, tendons and ligaments. Because your feet and ankles bear most of the burden of holding you up, them, along with knees and hips, might show signs of stress more frequently than nonweight-bearing joints.
Back aches? The more overweight a person is, the more likely the risk that they will suffer from low back pain, but, may be able to reduce the odds by engaging in a moderate amount of exercise. The typical overweight person increasing their amount of moderate activity such as brisk walking, riding a bike or general gardening for at least 20 minutes a day can reduce back pain risk by 32%.
Make a Choice!
I have to make the daily decision to partake or not partake in exercise. The decision is a conscious thought until it becomes a lifestyle. Make today the day you begin to exercise! Make today the day you decide to prevent diabetes! Make today the day you decide to become energized!
Always consult with your physician before beginning an exercise program and make sure to bring me the Dr. note stating why you CAN’T exercise.