Too many of us do not have the slightest idea of how to maintain good health. When illness strikes, we rely on medication to cure us. What we fail to realize is that we play a major role in the maintenance of our health and in protecting ourselves from many preventable conditions; mainly chronic diseases or lifestyle diseases.
There is universal agreement among both conventional and alternative health practitioners about the benefits of regular exercise for promoting and maintaining good health. Even if you are free from disorders, you will benefit immensely from regular exercise; it will aid to maintain optimum health, and increase your energy levels among other benefits. For all people, even those who are suffering from chronic disease, exercise within limits of their strength makes them feel better and promote healthy appetite and sleep.
Most people realize that there is need for them to introduce an exercise programme, but many pick out lack of free time as a main barrier to include an exercise plan into their daily routine.
Do you know just how much protection you get from regular exercise?
- Individuals who participate in regular exercise have much lower rates of heart diseases, several types of cancers, and other chronic diseases. To date no medicine has been invented that can protect you against these diseases as effectively as regular exercise.
- Regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 70%. There is no medicine has been invented that can give you such protection. You as an individual can do more to protect yourself from diabetes than your doctor can do for you.
Healthy physical activity can be as simple as: going for your morning or evening brisk walk, going to zumba, dance, playing soccer with your kids, going jogging, swimming, water aerobics, cycling etc, it doesn’t have to be in the GYM. Do something you enjoy doing. It can also mean making small routine choices. For instance, taking the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator or getting off the bus at an earlier bus stop and enjoy your walk home or to work.
Always make sure that you are wearing the correct clothing, footwear and head gear appropriate for the activity and that it is of good quality and fits well. Injuries are often caused through neglect in this area.
Remember though, it is best to be active at least 4-5 days a week. Expand your horizon for challenges that encourage you to become more fit. Activities that help you set activity and healthy eating goals. Motivate yourself to exercise by thinking about the good it will do for your future health, remember what you like most about exercise, such as feeling strong and healthy.
If you are not active now, it is best to check with your doctor or healthcare provider before embarking upon a new fitness program. Certain conditions preclude some types of exercises.