The bottom line: once you start, you’ll love exercising.
You’ll look better and you’ll feel better, too. And, best of all, you’ll be giving yourself the gift of seeing your will in action. That is such an excellent feeling!
Exercise Extends Your Life
It has been scientifically proven that not only does exercising increase your life span, it also drastically reduces your risk of coronary disease.
The other benefits are also huge:
- reduces stress
- improves sleep
- heightens brain function
- mproves circulation
- increases growth hormone levels
- boosts stamina
- enhances strength (and good-lookingness!)
And the best part is that a moderately vigorous workout is best. You don’t have to overdo it! If you do, you’ll just hurt yourself AND lose your enthusiasm while you’re nursing injuries.
A famous Harvard study proved that over-doing a workout actually decreases your lifespan! Yes! (Don’t you think that is great news? We sure do.) Their results showed that over-exercising led to increased formation of free radicals and oxidative stress, insomnia, depression and a sense of constant fatigue.
So, forget about pushing your physical limits and having no fun at all! A moderately vigorous workout is actually enjoyable! And, let’s face it… life is too short not to have fun - even when you are extending your lifespan!
The goal for an anti-aging program is for you to be able to be actove well into old age. Its goal is not to train you for a marathon. Regular, moderately vigorous exercises are best. Consistency is key.
We all know that exercising is an important part of living well and aging gracefully. There is no question there, but when it comes to anti-aging, your goals need to be tailored to your unique needs and your current physical condition.
3 Equal Parts
Your routine must consist equally of these kinds of training:
- Cardiovascular or Aerobic
- Flexibility and Balance
It is commonly known that cardiovascular or aerobic exercise is good for the heart, and excellent for burning calories, but it is less commonly understood how much strength and flexibility routines contribute to healthy longevity. All three are of equal importance.
Our flexibility is something that deteriorates as we age, and this is why old age can be associated with stiffness, muscle pain and aching joints… but it doesn’t have to be that way! An important part of your exercise time is the warm up.
In terms of anti-aging, it is not suggested that you exercise first thing in the morning. Your body tends to be stiff and your muscles have not warmed up with the ordinary movements of the day. Of course you can exercise in the morning, just make sure to stretch before you start the more vigorous part of your routine.
Stretching is safe and effective.
Walk (you don’t necessarily have to Run) Your Way to a Long and Healthy Life
Don’t underestimate the benefits of walking. Walking is an excellent way to meet all three components of your exercising regimen: builds strength, increases flexibility and has great cardiovascular effects.
You can start slow, and build speed, or you can keep a steady pace for the duration of your walk. Walking is also a great way to relieve stress.
Calm Points to Wellness
There are all kinds of exercise that combine body, mind and spirit health. You will exercise better and more frequently if you have a calm mind, or if the type of exercise you engage in brings you some peace.
You want a kind of workout that is low impact on your body but still yields great results. You may want to try Yoga or Tai Chi or some form of dancing. All are great exercise, and they provide good brain food because they’re social activities.
Learning new things, staying active and social will all help stave off neurological diseases. So, why not learn new skills, have fun, get exercise and make new friends ALL at the same time?
Having a buddy to go to exercise or dance class with will really increase your chances of actually getting in the car, going there and doing it! (Friends don’t let friends stay unmotivated!)
You will thank yourself with a big, grinning YES (all the way to your healthy end) for exercising consistently and sticking with your new routine. You will be greeting a new and healthier You every morning, and you’ll meet the end of the day with a satisfied, “I did it!”
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