by Keila Chaliotis, Staff Writer
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is essential for cardiovascular fitness. It is proven that regular exercise helps you keep fit, lose weight and lower your blood pressure. Most experts recommend exercising regularly for the maximum cardiovascular benefit. You could try any type of aerobic exercise which involves repetitive and rhythmic motion such as running, jogging, walking, rowing, swimming, bicycling, aerobic dancing and jumping rope.
Aerobic exercise helps lose weight by building muscle and reducing fat. The more exercise you do, the more fat you will burn giving you a leaner body. Regular exercise also makes you feel better, helps you reduce stress, gives you more energy, and reduces the risk of osteoporosis and certain cancers.
As a recommendation visit a physician before starting any workout, especially if you are forty or older and have or have had a sedentary lifestyle or in other words a no exercise and party all night lifestyle you definitely need to have a checkup done. It will also be helpful to get professional advice on the program you want to be on and to make sure the exercises you choose are not harmful or dangerous. This professional or trainer can show you that you start off slowly and intensify your efforts at the right rate, that you vary your exercise routine to prevent fatigue, boredom and that you get the most cardiovascular benefits from all the effort and time you put into it.
Make sure you exercise as part of a daily routine. It cannot be a sometime thing or a once in a while thing. It should be for life. You may ask why, well it is recommended to get about 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week or workout for minimum 3 days a week. Even a half hour walk five times a day a week would do it. Hallal, P. “Lancet Paper” of the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, found that 31% of adults worldwide approx. 1.5 billion people and 4 out of 5 teens aren’t doing enough exercises to meet the standard and putting themselves at risk for chronic disease.
Researches have also analyzed that exercising amount adults in 122 countries, represent 89% of the world´s population, and among teens in 105 countries. They found that the rates of lack of working out were higher in high income countries than in low income countries. Americans were the most sedentary region with a 43% of the people not working out enough. The lowest rates of people not exercising were in southeast Asia with a 17%.
Well not to sound like a criticism, but with all the technology and the modern convenient ways to move from one place to another and in some cases we don’t even have to go out of our comfort zone which makes it is harder and harder to exercise. Per WebMD reports, in the U.S.A. for example, less than 4% of the population walks to work and less than that travel by bike. In other countries such as China, Netherlands, Germany and Sweden about 20% of the people walk to work.
Some of us spend most of our time in front of our computers, video games or watching television. In some cases even spend all day chatting or playing with your phone.
Kids today don’t even go out to the playground like they use to due to security or simple laziness. They are becoming more and more attached to spending time inside their home doing activities that lack movement, therefore not accomplishing the amount of physical activity they should be doing. The elderly are also getting comfortable. Let’s not get comfortable, there are so many health benefits that can help you be a better you, adding to it your beautiful body. Exercise can help you prevent, control and treat some diseases, so why not start informing yourself about the best routing for you. The important thing is to start moving your body. Remember also to combine to this, healthy meals. You are what you put into your body. In other words what you intake is key to molding your body and also feeling better than ever. Even your self-esteem will be positively affected by exercising.
Just choose a routine and don’t wait to start receiving all the benefits from exercising.