Granted exercise is not one of those activities most of us place high on our "to do" list. Let's face it ... we either love the outfits, enjoy the social fulfillment or just simply enjoy the satisfaction and achievement the discipline offers.
A regular exercise program without a doubt will help you feel, look and work better, stimulate your blood circulation and metabolism and allow your body to function like the well-tuned performance machine it's suppose to.
A well-balanced routine should include cardio, strength training and flexibility. The success will not be in doing something well, it will be from partaking in something that is fun and gives you pleasure. The choices are numerous when it comes to cardio and include step or dance aerobics, brisk walking, running, cycling, dancing, rowing, skating ... anything that will increase your heart rate. Each of these activities will strengthen your heart and lungs to improve blood circulation, lower blood pressure, build endurance, boost your immune system and reduce stress. Pretty amazing when you truly think about the benefits that can come from creating a really good sweat.
Strength training can be done by using free weights, machines, elastic bands to build muscle mass and increase muscle tone, lose weight and strengthen your entire musculo-skeletal system. Generally overlooked as part of most fitness regimes is flexibility training. Movements that will increase your range of motion, improve your posture, alleviate muscle spasms, maintain agility and also help alleviate stress would be yoga or tai-chi.
No one says you have to give up your social calendar or rise before the roosters start to crow. Believe it or not ... 20 minutes a day will work wonders towards improving your health. Just getting out a few times a week for a brisk walk after dinner enjoying the fresh air will make an incredible difference in your general health.
The question should not be why exercise but, when can you start?