Did you know that on any given day, only 5% of the US adult population exercise? We are not talking about training for a triathlon; we are talking about any form of moderate exertion.
Not surprisingly, by 2015 it is estimated that 75% of Americans will be overweight, with 40% of us being classified as obese. We are damaging our future through poor lifestyle choices. How can any healthcare system work in such an environment?
When you exercise, the payoff is spectacular:
- Improved endurance
- Increased energy
- Increased strength
- Improved immune system function
- Increased regeneration of healthy cells
- Improved muscle tone
- Reduced stress level
- Improved sleep
- Improved mental clarity
- Improved mood and outlook
- Reduced body fat
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower resting heart rate
- Improved self-esteem
- Increased engagement with life
- More fun!
In addition, through exercise you flood your body with “feel-good” chemicals such as dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin and adrenaline, which then remain elevated in your blood stream for up to 24 hours. Not a bad deal, eh?
We are not suggesting that you train for the Olympics or to be Mr. Universe, although we will be happy to sponsor you if you do! Instead, assess where you are today and build from there. Find something you enjoy and do it. Sedentary? Then start with a 15-20 minute walk per day. Anything and everything will help. The key is to get started. Today.
In coming weeks, we will share more ideas with you on how to construct a sensible exercise program, one that is appropriate for your age, health, and interests. We are here to help, but do not wait for us. Instead, get started and get moving since every day is an opportunity to rebuild, reclaim, and renew.