How to be Active and Stay Fit

Dr. Purushothaman
November 25, 2013


While most people see exercising as torture and others see it as the only means to lose weight, exercise is also a great way to maintain a healthy body. Regular exercise helps the body function properly. Exercising helps the body build necessary muscle mass, build stronger bones and regulates organ function.

Exercising can also lower your risks of certain diseases and condition, as well as diminish the symptoms of existing medical conditions. By incorporating exercise into your daily routine, you can increase your life span by several years. It is advisable to start out slow. Just go for a walk. A simple walk before breakfast or dinner can speed up your metabolism, get your blood flowing and strength muscles. Just thirty to fifty minutes a day, or a walk around the park, can start you on a lifelong movement to achieve overall fitness.

Starting out slowly allows you to adjust at your own pace to the exercise and allows you to grow accustomed to exercise. Too often, people just go out for a jog or run only to find they are unable to stand the pain the next day. But by building up to an active pace gives you a chance to adjust your muscles and body to the work. Also, it can keep you from hurting yourself.

Aerobic fitness exercises supply the body with fresh, oxygenated blood and builds necessary internal muscles, like the heart and lungs. Greater lung and heart function means a healthier you! But if that is not enough reason to get out and be active, think of exercising as a means of socializing.

So if walking seems boring to you, grab a friend and make a day of it. You don't have to just walk, just do something that gets your blood pumping and your body moving. Exercising is not just about going to a gym and working out. You and a friend can go to a store and walk about to get your heart pumping. Anything that you can do for a period of time and keep a high heart rate for a sustain period of time will be beneficial to your health. Exercising is not just a work out; it can be fun if you change your perception on it.

Be sure to stretch before and after your exercising, regardless of what type of exercise you do. This will not only help with sore muscles, but help you increase flexibility and reduce the chances of injury. Flexibility is vital in exercise and in life. Keeping suppleness within muscles promotes healthy muscle structure and keeps joints and bones protected. It can also keep you from getting cramps, tightness and injury while exercising. Plus, it releases stress after exercises.

Exercising is also an enormous way to allay pressure. The mental work out that goes along with the physical work out can help you to ease tension and alleviate anxiety from your body. We all know what strain can do to a body and mind, so think of exercising as an individual healing session.

So get off the couch, get out and get moving! Exercising can give you a new lease on life and help you live a healthy, strong and stress-free life.

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