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Exercise is Essential

Exercise is is not just a suggestion or recommendation when attempting to balance your body’s hormone function. Exercise is a necessity!

Don’t we all just want a quick fix for our health?  If there were a magic pill out there, we would all give our kingdoms for that pill!  When it comes to diets, and diet pills and exercise programs, I always think that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  We may try fad items, but I think we all know in our hearts that the only solution to maintaining or regaining our health is old-fashioned exercise and watching our diet.

Our bodies are made to move and many of our internal systems are designed to run with exercise.  Balanced health is only accomplished by having activity as part of your life.  This doesn’t mean you have to join a gym, but if you can that’s great!  Take your kids to the park or walk around the block after supper.  Our bodies are so amazing that even a small amount of exercise is going to improve your health and your outlook!

There is no “secret” to exercise.  The infomercials show a myriad of different exercise equipment and programs to follow.  The great news is there is no right or wrong plan.  You are not going to miss the “magic solution” if you don’t think a particular method appeals to you.  Choose something that works for you.  I always say it’s so great that there are so many forms of exercise, because there are so many people with different tastes and budgets.  Everyone has a chance to do something that appeals to them.  I have a girlfriend who loves to go for a run — on the pavement out in the city.  She loves it.  This would be my own personal torture.  I can hear my ankle tendons snap just thinking about it!  My favourite activity is a 30 minute brisk walk on the treadmill and some yoga stretches.  Another friend of mine loves golf.  She opts out of the golf cart and wheels your golf bag across the links.

The key…the absolutely key to exercise, is regularity.  Whatever activity you choose, be faithful to yourself and do it several times a week.  Two, three or even four times a week.

Things to consider when choosing an activity:

1.  What is your goal?  What are you trying to accomplish through exercise?  There is a big difference between wanting to improve your general well-being and wanting to join the ladies’ weightlifting team.  Be honest with yourself about your goal and be realistic.  If you set too high of an expectation, you will not stick with your program.

2.  What is your health condition at the moment and what may be some physical limitations to keep in mind?  This is the time to talk to your doctor about wanting to begin an exercise plan.  Your doctor and your health history will dictate the type of activity and the intensity.  You must see your doctor before implementing any change in diet or exercise to your life.

3.  Consider your budget.  In these trying economic times, we don’t need to add extra pressure on ourselves by thinking that if we can’t join a costly gym, or attend yoga classes then there’s no use in trying to get in shape.  If you have a bicycle, get on it or go for a walk.  Plain old push ups, sit ups and jumping jacks are effective exercises that the military still uses to this day.  But don’t forget to check with your doctor before attempting anything new.

The great thing about exercise is that it’s never too late to start.  It is an investment in your future health!