Mark Hochberg MD is a very dear friend of mine who has helped me a great deal in converting to a healthy lifestyle. A couple of years back I was overweight and not very fit, but thanks to the advice and support of Mark I have managed to put things right. One aspect of this was a mentality shift with regards to exercise, one which I think that many of us have to make. There is a misconception that exercise has to be for those looking to build muscle or seriously lose weight, but in reality it is about much more than that.
There is a very clear link between mental and physical health and in exercising for just 30 minutes per day you can significantly increase your overall mental wellbeing. There are many reasons behind this, to start with there is the aspect of feeling more confident because of how your body feels, there is also the happiness which getting out and exercising brings and most importantly, exercise releases feel good chemicals in the body which can help you to feel great.
Fitter for Longer
Whatever age you may be it is important to consider your later years and just how important it will be that you remain in good shape for as long as possible. Staying active will ensure that your body is in a far better state once you arrive in your twilight years, and this will help you to avoid common issues such as heart problems or mobility issues. There are no guarantees of course, but regularly exercising is always going to ensure that you are giving yourself the best possibility of staying in good health for longer.
We know that those who are overweight should get regular exercise in order to lose it, but those who are not overweight still need to continuously exercise in order to maintain a healthy weight. Diet is of course important here but regular exercise should be enough for most people to stay trim and avoid putting on unnecessary weight.
When people talk about exercise keeping you healthy it is important to remember that they are not just talking about growing muscles or losing weight, there is much more to it than that. Regular exercise of 30 minutes per day has been proven to lower the risk of illnesses t almost every organ in your body, you can also reduce risk of cognitive diseases, diabetes and it will boost your immune system which is your defense against infections. Exercise will ensure that your body is fighting fit and healthy inside and out.
You don’t need to pull up trees when exercising either, 30 minutes per day doing anything that gets your heart rate increased will be enough for you to get the benefits which exercise can bring. Change your thinking around exercise and make it a part of your daily schedule, you’ll soon understand why.