Get Your Body Moving!

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People on tread mills at gymDo you know what the number one killer is in the United States? Heart disease. Most everyone knows it, but so few of us consider it in relation to our own lives.

Now I am going to speak in general terms as I know this doesn’t apply to everyone. There are many people out there who are taking care of themselves, but they are not the minority.

The vast majority of people live rather sedentary lives. Now I’m not saying people don’t work hard, because they do. It’s just that most of that work is being done sitting, standing or moving rather slowly.

Not only are most of us not very active, many of us don’t feed our bodies the right kind of fuel to keep us healthy either. I will be writing more about diet in another post.

Some of the contributing factors to heart disease are, of course; high cholesterol, smoking, stress, being overweight and lack of exercise. If we would just start eating a little healthier, and get our bodies moving, it could make all the difference in the world.

Look at what the University of Maryland Medical Center website says about the effects of exercise on the heart.
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Exercise’s Effects on the Heart:

“Inactivity is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. However, exercise helps improve heart health, and can even reverse some heart disease risk factors.

Like all muscles, the heart becomes stronger as a result of exercise, so it can pump more blood through the body with every beat and continue working at maximum level, if needed, with less strain. The resting heart rate of those who exercise is also slower, because less effort is needed to pump blood.

A person who exercises often and vigorously has the lowest risk for heart disease, but any amount of exercise is beneficial. Studies consistently find that light-to-moderate exercise is even beneficial in people with existing heart disease. Note, however, that anyone with heart disease or cardiac risk factors should seek medical advice before beginning a workout program.”
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I don’t know why it’s so hard for most of us to get up and get moving. I really have to push myself to exercise sometimes, but I can’t think of a time when I didn’t feel very happy and very positive about it afterwards.

There are so many different things you can do for exercise that I can’t imagine there isn’t something for everyone.

One of my favorites is walking; I love to walk along nature trails, and sometimes up my rather steep road; which is quite a challenge.

There is the gym which has lots of great equipment like tread mills, stair steppers and elliptical machines. You can also get some of those machines for your own home, just make sure you use it and don’t turn it into a clothes rack. 🙂

Then there are fun things you can do like taking a dance class or just going out somewhere and dancing free style.

God calls our bodies a temple and has made us responsible for taking care of our temple. If we feed it with unhealthy foods all the time, and don’t exercise it, we are neglecting that temple and allowing it to come into disrepair.

I know it’s not easy to get started exercising, but I hope from just what you’ve read here that you are reminded about how important it is.

Take care of your body and it will take care of you, remember to have balance in life you need to be healthy spiritually, mentally, and physically.

Also, remember to consult a physician before starting an exercise program.

Let me know if you have any other ideas for exercise and good health.

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