“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy
My 2013 goal was to post regularly, at least weekly. But, I have been off my game, so to speak. 2014 will be better. Though I have not been writing on a more regular basis, I have been paying attention. And, friends, too many of you are not getting the required amount of exercise. Whatever your excuse, STOP IT!
Exercise is important...period! Our bodies were designed to move. Too many of my friends and associates are complaining about bad knees (a knee/hip replacement seems to be a badge of honor), bad backs, high blood pressure, and other so-called age-related diseases and disabilities. They view these ailments as the by-product of aging; a given. Not true.
Research has consistently shown that exercise is the best weapon against age-related diseases and disabilities such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, colon cancer and breast cancer in women. Exercise also benefits mental and psychological health by reducing depression, anxiety and stress and by increasing control over risky behaviors such as alcohol, drugs, and other substance abuse and unhealthy diet choices.
It has long been established that the health challenges of many older Americans are the direct result of a lack of exercise and poor health and lifestyle choices made – consciously or unconsciously – 20, 30 or 40 years ago.
If you want to age with dignity; decrease your risk of disease; and look and feel good, you must make some form of exercise a top priority. No excuses! Start now, or pay later! It’s almost impossible to age gracefully without paying due diligence to exercise.
Are you getting enough exercise? If no, what is your excuse?