Let’s Get Physical

28 04 2011

So many of us hate to exercise, I know it’s not at the top of my favorite things to do list.  Matter of fact most days it is a struggle for me to even get up to do it! So instead of calling it exercise, I call it physical activity as after all it is about getting our body moving.  An article I found over the internet put it this way, “have you ever heard the expression use it or lose it? Well the same is true about physical activity as if you don’t use your body, you will surely lose it. Your muscles will become flabby and weak. Your heart and lungs won’t function efficiently. Our bodies were meant to move — they actually crave exercise.”   Why am I talking about physical activity while we are focusing on health?  Because regular exercise is important for good health and it also improves your quality of life. Here are some reason’s how;

  • Exercise can help a person age well.  Oprah’s trainer Bob Green has a new book out called Look 20 Years Younger and exercising is at the top of the list of the things we must do! Why because it can help you look good and feel younger as you keep all of your bodily functions moving and staying in good shape.  After all exercise is one of the most important parts of keeping your body at a healthy weight. It helps you to burn calories and stay tone and who does not want that with bathing suit season right around the corner?
  • Exercise helps you feel better. It reduces stress, and helps you sleep better. Getting the right amount of exercise can rev up your energy levels and even help improve your mood as exercise causes the body to produce endorphins, which are chemicals that can help a person to feel more at peace and happy.
  • Exercise helps lower the risk of some diseases. Exercise helps to decrease the risk of developing certain diseases like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

So if you are like me, you may wonder, how often do you need to exercise? Some say 3 days a week, some say 5 days a week. Bob Greene says we all should walk at least 200 minutes a week (that’s 3 ½ hours).   For me, I try to do it every day as I have noticed if I get in to a routine I do Monday – Friday, it helps my frequency of doing it.  After all the benefits of an exercise program will decrease if it’s not done often enough.   Think about it consistency helps to achieve the best results in just about everything you do. So ladies let’s do just like that Olivia Newton John song back in the day and get physical and start to really take care of our bodies.

 “If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.”  ~Joey Adams

” Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard workout on my treadmill.   It never fails.  To us, exercise is nothing short of a miracle.” – Cher

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11 05 2011
JC Conrad-Ellis

So true. I’m so glad that the first lady has made childhood obesity a platform! Public schools should not serve soda or sweets in the cafeteria. I also believe that if social organizations, particularly black greek organizations, required that new members have a body mass index (BMI) below an established threshold as part of their membership intake process, we would see a decline in obesity in the “boojie” black community. I am noticing a higher incidence of obesity among this “elite” group, and it’s shameful. How can you adequately provide service to the community, when you are gasping for breath walking from your car and can’t walk up a flight of stairs because of the extra weight on your back? If you look at photos of the founders of these organizations, they were fit, not fat. I know this rule wouldn’t help eliminate the obesity epidemic in underserved communities, but it would be a start. I am now down from my soap box and heading to yoga. namaste!

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