Get Motivated For A Healthy Start To 2013!

If meeting your weight goals, or fitting into your ‘skinny-jeans’ isn’t motivating you to exercise regularly, recognize the physiological reasons that are so important to your long-term health.

From age 40 to 50 on, we start to lose 1-2% of our muscle every year.  Because of this, we lose strength.  If you lose strength when you age, you will find it more and more difficult to complete everyday tasks such as carrying a laundry basket, groceries, playing with your grandchildren or just getting up out of a chair.

Maintaining strength and function is also tied into balance.  If you’re not strong on your feet, you are in danger of falling, and subsequently, being unable to get back up.

Exercise builds bone density.  We lose bone as we age and we lose strength in the bones we do have.  The more weight and stress you put on the bone, the more it grows.

Mentally, exercise (and endorphins) improve mood, may improve depression, lower anxiety and stress.

Brain blood vessel health is connected to blood flow.  Exercise allows blood vessels to open up, therefore having better blood flow.  This is critical to brain and heart health.

Exercise (in conjunction with healthy eating habits), helps reduce risk factors for diabetes.  Skeletal muscle is the biggest draw for sugar in your blood.  “If a person with diabetes does physical activity, for the next 48 hours, their muscle will be chewing up more sugar,” states Timothy Church, professor of preventative medicine at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Exercise helps the heart by improving the health of the blood vessels. Exercise doesn’t always help heart function capability, but with all the previously discussed benefits, why not do it anyway.

If you’re just beginning an exercise program after not doing any exercise for a while, go to your doctor and get their approval to begin.  Then…find your best health!

 

(photo: heartierhealth.co.uk)

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