Is exercise really important? Yes. Why? There are so many reasons. There are different types of exercise, of course. There is strength training, cardio, breathing, martial arts, tai chi, yoga, stretching, etc. Exercise can help you lose fat and gain muscle. It can help you fight disease and it can help you live longer. The Journal of the American Medical Association did a study that showed “higher levels of physical fitness were beneficial, even in the subjects with other risk factors such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, cigarette smoking, and family history of heart disease.” The Surgeon General said that even moderate exercise can ward off such things as cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and depression. Exercise can reduce low back pain, headaches, and digestive issues. All things being equal, people who exercise live longer.
People who don’t exercise can lose about five pounds of muscle every ten years. This is why we need to exercise as we get older. You’re never too old to exercise. Also, if you lose five pounds of muscle every ten years, you’re also reducing your metabolism by five percent per decade. And since muscle burns more calories than fat, unless you change your diet, you will begin to gain weight.
Exercise can do the following:
- Increase metabolism
- Burn more calories
- Decrease body fat
- Improve you body shape
- Boost your cardiovascular
- Boost energy
- Reduce low back pain
- Provide protection against osteoporosis and other health issues
(*from Infinity’s Complete Physique Program of E.N.E.R.G.Y.)
Cardiovascular training is good, but I prefer HIIT (high intensity interval training.) How much exercise is good? Some people work out every day. Others workout three days per week. I’ve seen people spend hours in the gym. Doctors say you should get at least thirty minutes of exercise per day. My opinion? Any exercise is better than no exercise. So, get out there and move!
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