Sunday, August 29, 2010

Exercise

Exercise! I know... it's the word we all hate to hear. Why are we all so inactive anymore? Why don't we exercise and keep our bodies in good physical strength?

It is so greatly accepted to be overweight anymore. Why is that okay? The obesity rate is ridiculously high now. And so is the rate of people who are overweight. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define obesity as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. They also state that BMI is calculated from a person's weight and height and provides a reasonable indicator of body fatness and weight categories that may lead to health problems and that obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. USA Today claims that one out of every three adults is now obese. Not just over weight, but obese! They also say that about 34% of U.S. adults, almost 73 million people were obese in 2008. And that was two years ago! Imagine what it is at now! Unreal! What are we becoming? Lazy! We need to take the time to exercise, not only for our physical health but as a stress reliever. And what two reasons could be better than that? Your health is something very important. And stress goes hand and hand with health. When we exercise we are releasing stress. We are keeping our bodies in physical shape. We should want to have reasonably strong muscles and have a good endurance. Why don't we respect our bodies and tend to it the best we can with proper exercise and nutrition? When did exercise stop being fun for us? They have done studies on the fetus in the womb, and have found plenty of their movements to be in patterns. The baby fetus actually practices different exercises in the womb to become strong as it grows. Children love to play and love to run outside.We as adults like to watch TV or get on the computer. Why not get outside and go for a walk, enjoy nature. We just want to sit. I heard a jaw dropping statistic on the radio. They said that Americans sit for 90% of their day. Crazy! Exercise, it is something we dread, something no one wants to do. But we need to! If you start exercising more regularly it will become more natural to you. It is natural to be active. Soon it will become part of your routine, make sure to incorporate it. And hopefully soon you will begin to actually enjoy it. Maybe not so much when you get going, but after each successful workout you will feel good. You will feel success, you have achieved something. It takes effort and you should be proud of yourself when you complete each workout. Then you will begin to push yourself further as you notice your body strengthening. It is a great stress reliever. And you will see the results. And you will feel it. When you are fit, you will feel better and you will be more confident in your body. Soon you will be saying "Wow! That was a great workout!"

There is no reason not to be active and get in shape. Exercise is good for us for so many different reasons. Which reason do you need? Do it as a stress reliever. Do it for your health. Do it for your confidence. Do it for your partner. Do it for your family. Do it for yourself!

1 comment:

  1. Yes, it's really sad. You can tell a lot about a person by how well they take care of their body.

    And a lot of people argue that it the mind that matters, but the brain is physical and that needs to be cared for as well with good diet and exercise. Mind and Body are linked.

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