Here is the 6th in my Fitness Facts & Tips series. You can see the whole series HERE.
FACT: Exercise helps prevent disease.
Did you know that exercise can help slow down or prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis (bone loss), and loss of muscle mass? Assuming you are not overdoing exercise (which most of us aren’t), you can even help boost your immune system (think fewer or less severe colds and flu). Who wouldn’t want fewer diseases and colds in their life?
Exercise can also make getting older a bit easier. Work out now to make walking, lifting, standing up, etc. easier as you age.
Exercise can have a positive effect on nearly all major health problems. Think about that. Nearly ALL major health problems can benefit with SOME exercise.
Start now – whatever age you are. Doesn’t matter if you are 18 or 68, start moving now! Don’t wait til next week, next month, or next year. Take a walk today.
Exercise doesn’t have to mean an hour of intense CrossFit or Spinning. A few 15 minute walks per day can work as well.
Find something you love to do so that you will stick with it. It may take a while to find the 1 or 2 exercises that really work for you, but keep trying. There are so many exercises out there.
Work on “functional” fitness that will help with everyday tasks such as sitting/standing, walking, lifting, etc. as you age. Twenty years from now you will be thankful you worked out. Women – listen up – strength training. Do it!
Are you using exercising to help prevent or reduce any diseases?
Have a healthy day!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. If you do have medical conditions, please check with your physician before beginning an exercise routine.