Staying healthy is so important if we want to be able to be good parents, progress in our careers or make any sort of difference in the world.
And it becomes even more important the older we get. Research has shown that people who live longer tend to be more active throughout their lives.
There are 3 general types of exercise that everyone should do regularly:
1) Cardiovascular Exercise – this type of exercise is also sometimes called aerobic exercise – and is a necessity to keep your heart healthy and strong.
Some easy ways to get this type of exercise are walking and running – activities that involve getting your large muscles moving more and your heart working harder. Personally, I like using a treadmill for this. I usually tape most shows on TV that I like and then watch them while walking on the treadmill. This way I’m not wasting time just watching TV and as I really don’t enjoy exercising, it distracts me from it enough that the time goes by faster.
By the way, cardiovascular exercise helps by strengthening your heart so that it contracts more strongly and can pump more blood with each heart beat. This way your heart doesn’t have to beat as many times per minute.
2) Strength Training – this type of exercise is important to help us build and maintain our strength, especially as we get older because muscle mass is lost as we age. It can also help keep our bones strong and reduce our chances of developing osteoporosis.
To do this type of exercise you can go to a gym, if you enjoy doing that. They will have many different types of equipment there for you to use. I don’t, so I exercise at home using free weights or exercise bands and tubes.
It works by making tiny, microscopic tears in your muscle fibers – which is why you feel sore sometimes after exercising. When these tears heal, they make your muscle stronger and bigger. (These tears shouldn’t be confused with big tears, which are injuries.)
3) Flexibility Exercise – and stretching helps to keep your muscles from getting injured and can increase your range of motion.
There are many different stretching exercises you can do – if you do a search on a search engine you will find many to choose from.
I’ve been wanting to learn tai chi for years but haven’t found anyone near by enough to teach it. It is good for flexibility and for developing better balance.
Honestly, I don’t enjoy exercising!
So do I do what I say everyone else should do? Not really. I don’t really like exercising very much. Some people seem to really enjoy it but I don’t. Overall my motivation to do it comes from wanting to be more healthy and to live longer. Sometimes that is not enough to get me to do it though. I do use our treadmill a few times a week, it’s easier for me to get myself to do it since like I said above – I can watch TV while I’m doing it! So I’m ok with cardiovascular exercise, but the rest I haven’t done for a while.
Do you enjoy exercising? Why or why not? How do you keep yourself motivated? Any tips to make it more enjoyable for people like me?
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