It’s vital that you work your heart and lungs – your circulatory system – if you want them to last a long time and not go haywire. Not only that but the mental health benefits of exercise are out of this world. Exercise relieves tension, it gives you time out and releases happiness-chemicals entirely legally! What’s not to like??
We all know that the hardest thing about exercise is getting your kit on and starting. Even people who already have the habit struggle with this but they also know how ‘meh’ and sluggish they feel when they don’t exercise. It’s good to focus on the fabulous afterburn you get, the proud, happy feeling of achievement. The relaxing ‘afterbath ‘too! (or shower if you’re that way inclined)
For improved health we should move lots every day, but as well as just general shimmying about doing our daily stuff we need to get our hearts beating faster for about an hour 4-5 times a week. That’s when your heart thinks “This is a bit much! I think I’ll grow even more powerful and long-lasting in case they decide to do this again” Before you know it your heart is pumping iron – literally 🙂
When you exercise your muscles grow new fibres and as muscle is ‘active tissue’ it needs energy to keep going. So if you don’t have much muscle, because you don’t exercise, you have to eat less. Not talking about getting gigantic muscles here but simply looking after your muscles and keeping them strong, active and healthy.
What we’re saying is:
- Exercise 3-5 times a week for as close to an hour as you can manage, so that your heart beats faster, you get a sweat on and get somewhat puffed.
- Be more generally active, standing instead of sitting, walking or cycling instead of taking the car, running up and down stairs, never ever using a lift, parking a mile away from your destination and walking the rest.
- Don’t just read this, do it!
The best time to start is today.
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