In 1982, Dr. Walter BORTZ II, a university professor of medicine, wrote the following words;
“There is no drug in current or prospective use that holds as much promise for sustained health as a lifetime program of physical exercise.”
Some wrongly believed that they don’t have to workout if they aren’t overweight. Obesity and overweight people are expected to benefit greatly from a regular exercise program, but even if you are not overweight, an increase in physical activity is likely to improve your overall health and prevent severe diseases, including some cancer.
Recent studies indicate that anxiety can be minimized by physical exercise, and can even avoid depression. The truth is, those who are slim suffer mental and emotional stress, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes and other conditions exacerbated by lack of adequate exercise.
If you are overweight or not, whether you are leading a sedentary life you are doing well to raise your physical activity level.
What Is a Sedentary Lifestyle
How do you know if you’re pretty active? There are various opinions on what constitutes a sedentary way of life. One theory given by many health organizations is that you are sedentary if you; (1) do not exercise or engage in some vigorous activities for at least 30 minutes, (2) do not move from place to place while taking part in leisure activities, (3) rarely walk 100 yards, (4) stay seated for most of your waking hours.
Are you getting enough exercise? If not, you can start doing something about it today.
Set Realistic Goals
You may be among the many who begin to exercise but quit after just a few days because you find it too strenuous, maybe even feeling sick after exercising. Others shy away from exercise because they believe a healthy workout plan would involve grueling weight lifting exercises, long daily runs, and carefully choreographed stretching.
First of all, if you’re planning to start an exercise program, don’t set any unrealistic goals. Start slowly, and get your way up. Scientist have recently recognized the value of light to moderate physical activity and are recommending that sedentary people gradually increase their activity. Start by adding a few minutes of increased activity to your day, and work up to 30 minutes every day. All you have to do is do normal things, like walking and taking the stairs, but more often than not, a little longer, or a little faster.
Starters should focus on regularity rather than intensity. If you have enhanced your strength and stamina, you should focus on increasing the exercise speed. This can be achieved by introducing longer, more active exercise sessions such as brisk walking, jogging, ascending the stairs or cycling. Keep the exercise at a comfortable level to reduce the risk of injury and to avoid burnout and discouragement, which often lead to a stop.
Regularity is an absolute must. With this in mind, you may want to look at your calendar and schedule specific exercise dates and times. After a few weeks of a sustained exercise program, you will probably find that this has become a normal part of your life. Once you start enjoying the benefits of health, you may actually be looking forward to your physical activity sessions.
Important, short exercises during the day have an additive benefit. Three 10 minute periods of exercise can be almost as beneficial as one 30 minute session. You do not need to engage in long periods of vigorous exercise in order to reap significant health benefits.
An Active Life Is a Better Life
While it is true that as little as 30 minutes of daily physical activity can have a positive impact on your health, more is better, according to the latest medical advice. It is now recommended that you accumulate up to 60 minutes of physical activity every day to maintain the maximum level of cardiovascular health. Again, this can be achieved by engaging in a few brief sessions throughout the day.
The bottom line is, your body is designed to move around and engage in regular physical activity. Sedentary lifestyles are harmful to your health. There is no vitamin, medicine, food or surgical procedure that can replace your need to remain active.
It is vital that you make the time to remain physically active. This includes self-discipline and a good personal organization.
Cherish Your Body – “Exercise”
Scientists have found that vigorous physical activity can affect a number of mood altering brain chemicals, such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. This may explain why there are so many mental well being claims after exercise. Some studies suggest that people who exercise regularly are less likely to be depressed than those who are sedentary.
While some of these studies are not conclusive, many physicians recommend exercise as a means of reducing stress and anxiety.
Compared to the life threatening risks of an inactive way of life, the inconveniences and hardships involved in sustaining an active lifestyle fade into negligible. Stay active, break your sweat now and again, work your muscles, you might live a healthier, longer life.
An ancient writer wrote: “In a fear inspiring way I am wonderfully made.” Like this ancient writer we should display a keen appreciation for our bodies. And properly care for it and view it as a serious responsibility.