Wednesday Wellness Tips: Pearls of wisdom about exercise

In lieu of the regular RICE & MICE content for some of the off-season, I’m going to do a series on health and wellness. I hope you enjoy it and as always, if you have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to leave comments or send me an email. This is not intended to be medical advice, nor should it take the place of you consulting a medical provider. Please see your doctor, physician assistant or nurse practitioner before starting any diet or weight loss program.

  1. Exercise is for the mind as well as the body. Not only do we feel better when exercising regularly, we think better and clearer and learning is easier.
  2. Your heart is a muscle and regular exercise helps the heart work more efficiently and often lowers your heart rate.
  3. Exercise keeps you healthy. It helps reduce the risk of heart disease. It helps reduce the risk of and control high blood pressure. Regular exercise and weight control can cut the risk of diabetes by around 50%. It also helps control blood sugars in diabetes.    Exercise also helps several mental health conditions as well as boosting self-confidence.
  4. It is also found to help reduce the number of colds and upper respiratory infections.
  5. Exercise to live longer. Regular exercise reduces the risk of premature death.
  6. Want a free medicine to help lower your cholesterol? Exercise can help reduce “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and boost levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL cholesterol.)
  7. Exercise is important for bone health and strength.
  8. Suffering from insomnia? Exercising regularly can help.
  9. Skip the Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. Exercise for a better sex life. Physical fitness can enhance sexual functioning and men who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction and impotence.

Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be fancy and doesn’t have to take up hours and hours of your day. If you are just starting out, a simple 5-10 minute walk today is better than what you did yesterday. Part of the beauty of exercise is, you will always get better/faster/stronger and will always be better than you were the day before. I also find that exercise helps eating habits because it tunes me into how food makes me feel during workout sessions.