When we breathe in and breath out, when our heart beats, we are alive. All movement stops when we die. Movement is essential to life.
We now know that the more we move, the better is our health. So, get up every half hour, do laundry, prepare a meal, walk to bathroom, do some stretches, go to mailbox, wash the dishes, run up and down the stairs.
Fidgeters are thinner than non fidgeters. It is not enough to go to the gym or to do a class of aerobic a day.
Integrating movement in one’s life and avoiding long hours on the computers and couch is important.
In addition, we should engage in 2.5 to 5 hours a week of moderate intensity exercise such as brisk walking, swimming, biking, or 1.25 to 2.5 hours of high intensity exercise such as running or single tennis.
We should also do muscle-strengthening activities of moderate or greater intensity and that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week: weight, bands, pushups, pull ups etc..
Our bodies also need stretching routines, mobility routines, and balance routines (see tai chi and yoga for ex).
Of course, if you are out of shape or elderly or suffer from heart or lung disease, please consult your doctor before engaging in a strenuous exercise routine.
A regular exercise schedule will improve every aspect of our health:
- Reduce the likelihood of cardiovascular diseases, obesity, metabolic syndromes, hypertension, and type II diabetes.
- Reduce the likelihood of breast and colon cancer and decrease chances of recurrence.
- Deepen sleep and improve insomnia.
- Improve mental health and mood.
- Reduce anxiety and depression.
- Improve digestion and elimination.
- Improve bone density.
- Improve posture.
- Improves lung capacity.
- Improve blood circulation.
- Help with brain functioning and maintaining cognitive abilities with age so less dementia!
- Build strength and improve muscle mass and tone!
- Help with weight loss.
- Increases libido and sexual performance
- Prevent falls.
- And more!