WHY EXERCISE?

March 7, 2009 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

The Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing has identified some key benefits for exercising regularly:

* Increased bone strength

* Increased physical work capacity

* Increased joint range of motion or flexibility

* Improved sense of well being

* Increased muscular strength

* Improved glucose regulation

* Decreased blood pressure

* Improved sleep patterns and levels of anxiety

You’ve heard the expression: “Use it or lose it. The first astronauts discovered the truth of this. Going into space in top-notch physical condition, they returned as weak as if they’d been lying in bed the whole time. They were weightless in space and didn’t need their muscles to move around, and so in just a few days these healthy vigorous men lost significant amounts of muscle and strength.

Starting at around age forty, most women lose nearly 200 grams of muscle each year and gain the same amount of fat, until by age 80 they have only a third of the muscle mass they had at 40. Miriam Nelson in her book Strong women stay young shows how strength training (lifting weights) REVERSES muscle loss. Men and women who work their muscles retain significantly more strength as they get older. And even those who belatedly adopt a healthier lifestyle can REGAIN previously lost muscle mass.

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For a list of Over 100 ways that Exercise will enrich the quality of your life, go to

http://www.saintfitness.com/images/over_100_ways.pdf

My favourites are:

87. HELPS YOU TO MOVE PAST SELF-IMPOSED LIMITATIONS.

100. GIVES YOU A FEELING OF CONTROL OR MASTERY OVER YOUR LIFE AND A

BELIEF THAT YOU CAN CREATE ANY REALITY YOU WANT.

What are your favourites? Leave and comment and let me know – that way I know you read it!

SUZI

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