Monday, August 8, 2011

Why choose this endeavor?

I constantly get grief from coworkers in the form of a question. "When are you going to learn that exercise is bad for you?" Lately, these remarks have not been made in jest. I am confused and angered. "Hulk not good with words" ... but he's working on it.

If I hear this one more time I am going to start ripping limbs off people and using them for nutrition. Okay, that's a bit extreme, but still. If I choose to exercise then it is on me when I have injuries. If you do NOT want to hear about my training, then why do you ask me?

I understand the other side of the argument. Some people do pass away from ailments brought on due to extreme exercising. Unfortunately, these are the instances that we read about online or see on the news because it is shocking! You rarely hear or read a glamorized report about Johnny who passed away at 48 from being obese and having Type II diabetes (aka "the sugars") ... because it is the rule rather than the exception.

Me - I decided that when it comes time for me to exit the death orb ... I will do so in my best physical condition possible rather than lumber my way through life feeling miserable and unable to move my own weight.


Here are some facts I gathered from Health Discovery concerning exercise:

Helps Prevent Diseases
Our bodies were meant to move -- they actually crave exercise. Regular exercise is necessary for physical fitness and good health. It reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. It can improve your appearance and delay the aging process.

Improves Stamina
When you exercise, your body uses energy to keep going. Aerobic exercise involves continuous and rhythmic physical motion, such as walking and bicycling. It improves your stamina by training your body to become more efficient and use less energy for the same amount of work. As your conditioning level improves, your heart rate and breathing rate return to resting levels much sooner from strenuous activity.

Strengthens and Tones
Exercising with weights and other forms of resistance training develops your muscles, bones and ligaments for increased strength and endurance. Your posture can be improved, and your muscles become more firm and toned. You not only feel better, but you look better, too!

Enhances Flexibility
Stretching exercises are also important for good posture. They keep your body limber so that you can bend, reach and twist. Improving your flexibility through exercise reduces the chance of injury and improves balance and coordination. If you have stiff, tense areas, such as the upper back or neck, performing specific stretches can help "loosen" those muscles, helping you feel more relaxed.

Controls Weight
Exercise is also a key to weight control because it burns calories. If you burn off more calories than you take in, you lose weight. It's as simple as that.

Improves Quality of Life
Once you begin to exercise regularly, you will discover many more reasons why exercise is so important to improving the quality of your life. Exercise reduces stress, lifts moods, and helps you sleep better. It can keep you looking and feeling younger throughout your entire life.


1 comment:

  1. I find your commitment to fitness inspiring and suspect those who tease do so out of their guilt from their own behavior. I was certainly closer to heart disease or diabetes—or death—when I was 40 pounds heavier, sedentary, and consumed 3000-4000 calories most days. And I was probably much more likely to say something stupid like that.