The Effects of Exercise on Our Health

Procrastination. It gets to us all.  “I’m going to get in shape.” “I need to exercise more.” “I’m going to eat better and work less.”…These are things we say to ourselves all the time. But how often do we listen?

Our bodies take a lot of abuse and tolerate it pretty well, at least on the surface. Our bodies can take the abuse of being overweight, weak and out of shape for a good while and unnoticed for up to 10, 20, even 30 years. But there is hidden wear and tear your body is experiencing. This abuse can lead to issues such as arthritis, high blood pressure, and degenerative discs. If we don’t take care of ourselves eventually our bodies will break down, often at the most inopportune time.

Certainly genetics are a component to our health and well-being and there are a lot of unfortunate, unavoidable things that happen to us. However, in many cases we are our own worse enemies. The “I’m too busy to exercise”, or “I’m too tired”, or the “I’ll do it tomorrows” that we all are guilty of are all excuses that really affect our health in the long run.

Literature on the benefits of exercise is overwhelming. Exercise has been demonstrated to help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. Among these conditions are coronary artery disease, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Have a conversation with a healthy 80, 90, and 100 year old man or woman and most of them will testify the importance of exercise in their lives.

We have all seen the eighty something year old who looks and acts like they are in their fifties. Conversely, we also know the person who is fifty something and looks and acts like they are eighty. Just a little care can go a long way in helping us age gracefully. We are all getting older. Who do you want to look like? Do you want to look like this?

A little exercise, some discipline, and an awareness can go a long way. Here are a few tips to get started:

  1. Set a goal
  2. Write it down and refer back to it often
  3. Schedule regular exercise like any other appointment
  4. Find something that you like to do
  5. Add variety to for effectiveness and avoid boredom
  6. Get professional help to develop an exercise strategy
  7. Commit yourself to it and have something to remind you of your commitment everyday

Start walking. Ride a bike. Get out of the office earlier. Just do something to get your body moving. Make exercise a priority. It does not have to be difficult. A good group of stretches, a regular walking/running program, regular visits to the gym, tennis court, or swimming pool. The list is endless. Find something that you enjoy, and make a point to do it…or else.

You’ll be surprised at how you well you look, feel, and move!

Good Morning Exercise!

Are you slow moving in the morning?  Is your back stiff when you wake up? If so, you’re not alone.

Many of us feel this way in the morning. It could be from the activity of the previous day, or just the fact that your body has been sedentary all night. Our bodies crave movement and when we are still at night our bodies tend to get stiff.  Like the oil in our car, our joints have fluids which help them glide better.  Moving helps lubricate the joints allowing them to move more freely.

Try these easy activities to loosen up and jump-start your mornings:

Pull Knees to ChestLie on your back, pull your knees to your chest and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

Rock Knees Back - ForthStill lying on your back and holding your knees to your chest, rock your knees back and forth in a smooth controlled manner for 2-3 minutes.

Arch BackNext, lie on your stomach and press up with your arms to arch your back. Repeat 10 repetitions.

Cross ArmsFinally, sit on the side of the bed, cross your arms across your chest and rotate back and forth. Repeat 30 times each way.

What is your favorite morning exercise that gets your body geared up and ready for the day? Leave a reply below and let us know!

Disclaimer: The information provided on Baudry Therapy Center ’s website and blog is presented for information and educational purposes only. This general information is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition nor to replace diagnosis or treatment by your healthcare professional. Before beginning light or moderate intensity physical activities, we encourage you to talk with your healthcare provider about health and exercise as part of your everyday routine. Baudry Therapy Center and it’s respective agents, heirs, assigns, contractors and employee’s will not be held liable for any injury incurred or exacerbated while performing any exercises, stretches, or any other activity related to the content and information available on this website.

Get your mind, body & soul moving in the morning & give these exercises a try.