Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Exercise

Exercise


Exercise

Alternative medicine has historically been at the forefront of recommending exercise for good health. Now, there is a library full of information on exercise and proper diet. Books such as Dr. Phil's Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Mediterranean Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet and recent discoveries concerning the glycemic index of foods have all contributed to the wonderful resources we now have available. Weight Watchers has always been an advocate of exercise as well.

Overweight kids and childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic as our kids spend more time on electronic entertainment and less time playing outside. Please see the links to other pages of this web site listed below for nutritional and weight loss information which is intimately associated with exercise.

Robert A. Anderson, M.D. in his book The Scientific Basis for Holistic Medicine states that no drug offers the promise of slowing aging more than what you can gain from exercise. The goal for a healthy life is to avoid "medicated survival" and exercise is just the ticket to get that accomplished.

Just look at the health benefits of exercise:

  • Decreases risk of death comparable to quitting smoking.
  • Reduces morbidity and mortality due to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries.
  • Reduces risk of heart attack.
  • Reduces risk of stroke.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Lowers cholesterol .
  • Raises "good cholesterol" HDL.
  • Reduces risk of coronary artery disease.
  • Reduces risk of diabetes
  • Improves control of non-insulin dependent diabetes.
  • Helps you live longer.
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Helps you lose weight.

There is so much information available about exercise we will limit our discussion here to some general principles concerning exercise which should apply to everyone.

Principle #1 Be Sure of Your Capabilities

There are certain times when you should consult your physician or exercise specialist before starting your program:

  • You have had a cardiovascular event, heart attack, stroke, etc.
  • You are experiencing chest pain or other possible heart symptoms.
  • You are extremely overweight.
  • You have other physical limitations or conditions such as diabetes. For example, if you are diabetic, exercise will LOWER your insulin requirement.
  • You are really out of shape or have some other limiting physical impairment.
  • You smoke.

Principle #2 Consult With a Fitness Center

People who operate fitness centers really know their profession. The money spent will be a very good investment for your health. If you do not have one conveniently nearby do what you can to find a consultant who can help you get started. Also, at times when you are tempted to quit, the accountability factor is very helpful for you to remain dedicated to your exercise program. Having other people around who are going through the same thing is a good reinforcement and encouragement.

Principle #3 You're Not Training for the Olympics

There is no need to set unrealistic goals. You have spent most of your life getting out of shape, now spend the rest getting back in shape. If you are overweight, a loss of one pound a week is 52 pounds a year. A long term "I'm doing this for life" attitude is what you need. Don't do this just to lose 10 pounds before the swim suit season. Make it a life style, forever.

Principle #4 Keep an Exercise Diary

Keep a log of every time you exercise noting the type of exercise and the length of time spent. It is a known fact that if we keep a diary in exercise as well as eating habits, in 40 days we can change old habits and secure new ones. This is a very simple yet profound habit to develop. Do it.

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