If there is one organic treatment for all around health, that treatment has to be daily exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring or difficult, it doesn’t have to involve a gym or gym membership, or a personal trainer, and it isn’t just for weight loss and for those who want to enter into athletic competitions.
In fact, just about everyone can do some form of exercise regardless of health or finances. Exercise has many benefits for your physical and mental health, can help relieve pain, and can even improve your social life.
Most important of all is that exercise can be fun! Hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and even ping pong, are all types of exercise. Of course, house cleaning, and walking the baby is exercise as well.
In fact, many people get at least a little bit of exercise without even knowing it. The problem is that most people don’t get enough exercise, which is a real shame, as exercise really does have all sorts of benefits for your health. Here are just a few of those benefits:
Most people know that in order to lose weight, or keep from gaining weight, that you need to incorporate at least some exercise into your life. The more physically active you are (the more you exercise), the better you can control your weight, because exercise helps to burn all those extra calories you take.
People have been known to lose significant amounts of weight by starting out exercising as little as 3 to 5 minutes a day, slowly building stamina, then increasing the amount of exercise. No matter how overweight you are, starting some type of exercise regardless of how little, those first steps can help you to lose the weight you need to lose.
Exercise is also helpful for the management of pain. Not only does exercise release hormones that help to alleviate pain and aid in healing, but there are specific exercises that are designed to strengthen muscles and joints.
There are a variety of pain management clinics and therapists that specialize in designing individual exercises for pain management. These exercises are normally a combination of flexibility (stretching), light weight training (strengthening), and aerobic exercises, all geared to help strengthen the affected area and help reduce inflammation and pain.
Stress is something everyone needs to deal with in one way or another, and studies show that simply taking a walk, going for a swim, or playing a game of tennis or racquet ball, can significantly reduce stress levels, decreasing your blood pressure and making you feel more relaxed.
By decreasing stress and lowering blood pressure effectively, it is possible to help prevent heart disease and even stroke.
Helps Prevent Disease
In addition to lowering stress and blood pressure levels, exercise just may help to prevent a number of other diseases as well. Exercise can help to keep cholesterol levels low and prevent type II diabetes, aid digestion, and help to improve your immune system function.
Exercise can even chase the blues away and act as a mood elevator. ,Studies show that people who exercise particularly those who exercise out of doors in green areas, simply feel a little happier and have a more positive outlook on life and the world around them.
Improve Your Social Life
Joining a community baseball or basketball team, taking an aerobics or dance class, or taking part in some other form of group exercise, allows you meet new people with whom you have a common interest.
Many friendships have been formed over jazzercise classes, and co-ed sports are a great way to meet people of the opposite sex. Even if you never make a love connection or meet your next best friend, simply getting out and doing something fun with new people adds a new dimension to your social life and keeps things from feeling stale.
Exercise really does offer a way to do it all, help you to improve your health, get or keep in shape, make you happier, and improve your social life, and it does it all naturally and organically!
Do you find it difficult to maintain an exercise routine? Are there some exercises that you simply don’t like? What’s your favourite exercise class?