Exercise in essential part of living healthy that I struggle with. Being built of a small frame you would think I exercise regularly…. Hell NO! Bwahahahahahhaha……. I am about as lazy as they come. I sit @ a desk 10 hours a day, which I must say dealing with patients, doctors, & pharmacists all day is mentally exhausting, and then I go home & sit in front of my computer till bedtime. I have newly added cleaning (something else I despise) & popping practice to my daily schedule in hopes that these things will become part of my daily routine. Every Saturday I have committed to a family exercise day as well. On this particular Saturday in December I managed to hike 2/3 of Camelback Mountain.
To be truthfully, painfully honest the only reason I made it that far was because there was an elderly women on my heels the whole time!! Hahaha… Yes I am very competitive.
Below is a map of how to get to the CamelBack Mountain Trail.
Top 10 Reasons to Exercise
Keep excess pounds at bay. Combined with a healthy diet, aerobic exercise helps you lose weight — and keep it off.
Increase your stamina. Aerobic exercise may make you tired in the short-term. But over the long-term, you’ll enjoy increased stamina and reduced fatigue.
Ward off viral illnesses. Aerobic exercise activates your immune system. This leaves you less susceptible to minor viral illnesses, such as colds and flu.
Reduce health risks. Aerobic exercise reduces the risk of many conditions, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer. Weight-bearing aerobic exercises, such as walking, reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Manage chronic conditions. Aerobic exercise helps lower high blood pressure and control blood sugar. If you’ve had a heart attack, aerobic exercise helps prevent subsequent attacks.
Strengthen your heart. A stronger heart doesn’t need to beat as fast. A stronger heart also pumps blood more efficiently, which improves blood flow to all parts of your body.
Keep your arteries clear. Aerobic exercise boosts your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and lowers your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad,” cholesterol. The potential result? Less buildup of plaques in your arteries.
Boost your mood. Aerobic exercise can ease the gloominess of depression, reduce the tension associated with anxiety and promote relaxation.
Stay active and independent as you get older. Aerobic exercise keeps your muscles strong, which can help you maintain mobility as you get older. Aerobic exercise also keeps your mind sharp. At least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three days a week seems to reduce cognitive decline in older adults.
Live longer. People who participate in regular aerobic exercise appear to live longer than those who don’t exercise regularly.