Imagine that a pill existed that could guarantee the following: weight loss, anti-depressant, lower resting pulse, stress relief, stronger bones, reduced chance of heart disease, reduced blood pressure, strength, better quality of sleep, happiness, and even more. How much money would you pay for this pill? According to an ABC Network poll, over 45% of American adults alone want to lose weight. And I’m sure most people would like to be happy. I am pretty sure if this pill existed, there would be an incredibly high demand. In fact, maybe someday I can create this pill and become incredibly wealthy.
Fortunately, there is no reason for me to make this drug (well, unless I wanted to scam people for the sake of money). This already exists, just not in pill form. What is the secret? Exercise.
All of the results mentioned above are true results one can get from exercising. In the medical community, it is considered one of the best things people can do for their bodies as it keeps the body in its peak condition. Most people know that in order to lose weight, they need to do a combination of better diet and exercise. But, what people may not understand is how much they go hand in hand. Although reducing calories will assist in shedding pounds, eventually the body’s metabolism (ability to burn calories) will slow down since less average calories are being put in. Thus, it is a requirement that one exercises in order to rev up that metabolism furnace.
One problem with exercise that may deter people from it is the time that is required. Depending on where one lives, they may join a gym that requires a certain amount of driving time, plus the time to workout itself, plus the time to shower and change afterwards. This whole process can make exercising a one to two hour routine, which may be impossible for someone who is working long hours, has kids, etc. But, there are ways to get around this, no matter what your living situation. If you work long hours, go for a walk on your breaks. Three ten-minute walks in one day add up to thirty minutes of exercise….the minimum daily recommended amount. Or, strap the kids in a stroller and walk them to the park instead of driving them. If you are going from a no exercise program to an exercise program in general, the type of exercise and duration is not important…something is always better than nothing!
Another reason so many choose not to exercise? The effort it takes to do it. I would become a millionaire if I made this pill because it is a pill…something one can pop in their mouth without breaking a sweat and then go on with their day. Exercise requires actually moving the body, maybe even sweating at some point. The first thing to keep in mind is that our bodies are designed to exercise and be active. It is only recently in our abundance of resources and technology advancements that we have been able to lead such sedentary lives, but this violates what our bodies are prepared to handle. Secondly, as previously stated, in the beginning of exercising the type and duration does not really matter, as long as it equals a minimum of thirty minutes. Does a ten minute walk sound daunting? Or how about a 15 minute bike ride, once in the morning, and once at night? You can break up your activities throughout the day into very simple tasks, and before you know it, your body will be ready for more. Although seemingly difficult, it only takes a few weeks for the body to adjust to a new exercise routine. So, eventually you will actually crave exercising, and the imposing effort will actually be desired.
The FDA recommends that adults exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. Because exercising has been a passion of mine for years now, I will be writing more fitness tips in my future articles. But to me it seems like a no-brainer: to get all of the health benefits I listed in the beginning, get out there and get moving!