Exercise Adds Quality to Your Life

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So you have slacked off a bit and avoided exercise for some time. Maybe your job or family time demands much of your time or you simply fell out of the routine. Well, there is good news. Whether you have taken off one year, ten years or haven’t exercised a day in your life – it’s never too late to start.

You see there are problems with a no exercise lifestyle. Really big problems. Your body weight rises along with your blood pressure and cholesterol. Your muscles, bones and joints degenerate at an astounding rate leaving you with daily aches and pains. Your body becomes weak making you susceptible to all kinds of medical issues and in increasing your risk of disease.

Why should you start now?
You have heard about the benefits that consistent exercise brings, but what if you haven’t been consistent? Should you even bother to start at all? This has been the subject of many medical studies and the results are hands down unanimous. Exercise will help improve the quality of your life even if you start late.

Researchers are constantly finding new benefits to consistent and proper exercise. It is no wonder that it has been said that “If the benefits of proper exercise could be put into a pill, it would be the single most prescribed medicine in the world.” Imagine if a pill could offer all of these benefits (without toxic and harmful side effects):

– Reduce the risk of disease like the “big three” heart disease, cancer and diabetes and many others
– Helps to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
– Contributes to healthy bones, muscles and joints
– Promotes well-being, relieves anxiety and depression, reduces stress
– Will help you have fewer doctor visits, hospitalizations, medications
– Increases energy, get up and go levels and promotes sound sleep

Proper exercise may not be something that you can gulp down with a glass of water, but it will offer you these wonderful benefits that can greatly enhance your quality of life.

Excuses, excuses, excuses…you have them of course, I know what you are thinking. Those benefits sound great, but I can’t exercise because:

Exercise is painful.- Not if you do the right type most suitable for you.
Exercise is boring.- Most people who exercise find it to be quite enjoyable.
Exercise takes too long.- It only takes 30-60 minute 2-3 times per week.
Exercise is confusing.- Not when you work with a fitness professional.
Exercise is for young people.- Studies have shown that exercise is for people of all ages.

Many people have started an exercise program only to quit days or weeks later. Now that you have decided that exercise may be worth your time after all, ensure your success with the following tips:

Make a Commitment – Don’t view exercise as something you will merely try. You will only reap the true benefits of exercise when you stick with it.

Set Reachable Goals – .If you expect to lose all of your unwanted pounds, drop your blood pressure and cure your joint pain all in one week then you will be sorely disappointed.

Rearrange Your Schedule – As we age there is a tendency to become ‘stuck in our ways.’ Remind yourself that exercise is worth your time and then think long and hard about your daily schedule. The fact is that you do have time to lend toward your exercise session – you simply need to find it.

Increase the Challenge – You should start your exercise program with the thought of easing into it. Since you haven’t exercised in awhile your body will need to build up strength and endurance. Keep increasing the challenge to your body with new exercises and increases in the resistance (weight) you use.

Remember that it took years (maybe decades) for your body to fall out of shape so it makes sense that it will take some time to regain it. The key to reaping all of the rewards of exercise lies in one word: consistency. Only then will your body and your life be transformed.

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