I have been gone for a while. But in my time away I have learned and grown a lot. Professionally, personally, and in my knowledge as a trainer.
An amazing article that I read in Time magazine, “The New Science of Exercise by Mandy Oaklander” Basically sums up that EVERYONE NEEDS TO EXERCISE!
This article calls exercise a miracle drug! It is something that everyone can do. No matter how old you are, your fitness level or illness you have. Exercise can help remedy almost anything in your life. Exercise can alter your medical condition, help rehab yourself and help your mental state just to name a few.
Dr. Tarnoplsky states that people are suppose to get 150 minutes of strength and cardiovascular activity a week. This is just three 50 minute sessions a week. Moving your body 3 times a week to help protect your life and health in the long run is a small price to pay. “The consequences of a sedentary life are as well documented as they are dire. People with low levels of physical activity are at higher risk for many different kinds of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and early death by any cause. That’s at the end of life. Long before that, inactivity can worsen arthritis symptoms, increase lower-back pain and lead to depression and anxiety- not to mention cause a sallow complexion” (Oaklander).
Exercise is preventative medicine. People usually start exercising after the fact, it is so vital for people to do it because it helps you with any curve balls life can throw at you. When you have a heat attack, surgery, diabetes, break a bone, are diagnosed with a disease. The first thing a doctor will do is send you to a physical therapist, tell you to start a light to moderate exercise program, and change the way you eat. If this is what is being prescribed after the fact, why don’t more people do it before as preventative? Exercise and health is something that doesn’t show instant gratification. Exercise is somethi ng that takes CONSISTENT effort and time to feel and see a change. Most people don’t want to wait for the change, and people like to think they are invincible and they don’t need to workout. One thing that everyone has in common is that we are all getting older! As my father likes to say the only two definite’s in life is “death and taxes”. Don’t give death or disease an early invitation into your life.
As well written and informative as this article is, I have one issue with it. It states that with the control group who exercised physical changes did not occur. Which is true if you don’t make a change in the way that you eat. If you are still eating processed unhealthy foods then you may feel better exercising but it won’t produce the visual aesthetic look that people want. Health and fitness is a two part process, workout to strengthen, preserve and keep your body youthful. And eating wholesome foods will help your workouts as well as show off your muscles and curves.
This article is enlightening and affirming. If you are struggling in your workout, keep going, it is for a greater purpose than what you can see right now. If you are new to exercise then this article will make you want to start.
If you read it let me know and tell me what you think!