What fits your busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or being dead twenty four hours a day? The quote from a Randy Glasbergen’s cartoon tells it like it is when it comes to the importance of exercise. The benefits of exercise stretch far beyond the need for doing it for weight control reasons only. Exercise is crucial for our physical and mental health. If you don’t find or make the time for it, it can take time from you (and take your life).
Keeping a healthy body weight is key for optimal health. Exercise burns calories, therefore helps one to lose or maintain weight. Eating a healthy balanced diet along with an exercise program is ideal for optimal health and longevity. These are things most of know and try to do (hopefully). What we often overlook though is the importance of exercising for stress reduction.
If at the least you exercised to help reduce the stress in your life, that alone would help tremendously in battling the negative effects stress has on your body. Stress is known as the silent killer for a reason – it wreaks havoc on your body, weakens your immune system and accelerates aging. It’s estimated that 80-90% of visits to the doctor are due to stress related illnesses or conditions. Many physical symptoms and illnesses are related to stress – such as adrenal fatigue, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, high cholesterol, migraines, and arthritis. Stressed at work? Go for a walk or jog on your lunch break, or try taking a yoga or exercise class before or after work. Whatever it is, just the fact that it’s exercise will be beneficial. By doing so, you can dramatically improve your health and help counteract the damaging effects of stress – all vital to keeping your body and mind young, and you living longer.
Want to improve fitness, reduce stress and exercise your brain? Try yoga.
Did you know that doing balance exercises such as those done in yoga help to increase brain function and slow the aging process? Not only is yoga a great stress reliever, but the added bonus of exercising your brain is huge.
Yoga has also been shown to help delay the onset and help reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s also been shown that physical exercise helps to increase the rate of new neurons (brain cells) in your brain. It’s a use it or lose it situation, with our mind and body. Don’t overlook the importance and need to exercise. Make this the year to be a better you, in body and mind. Happy new year and happy new you!