While it is true that rest and relaxation are important to overall health and well being; exercise may be just as important. Exercise provides many of the same benefits as rest and relaxation, such as lower blood pressure, better mood and stress reduction. Exercise has the added bonus of building muscle, and improved energy and stamina.
Cardio exercise is the best choice for anyone who wants to improve overall health and vitality. It is the least expensive form of exercise available; and it requires no special equipment. The boost that comes from cardio exercise, lasts beyond the time of the workout. According to a Mayo Clinic article on exercise,”Regular aerobic (or cardio) exercise can help you live longer. Aerobic exercise can reduce health risks, prevent excess weight gain, strengthen your heart and boost your mood.”
Cardio or aerobic exercise is any activity that increases your heart rate. The more intense the exercise, the greater the heart rate. Do not exercise beyond your level of comfort, a little challenge is fine, but do not go to the point of distress. During moderate exercise, you will notice that you are breathing a bit faster and possibly a bit harder, but you are not out of breath. After a few minutes of moderate exercise, you will develop a light sweat. During moderate exercise you can still carry on a conversation.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that healthy adults get an average of 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily. The bonus is that it can be broken up into 10 or 15 minute blocks. There is no best time of day to exercise, however, some experts recommend that you do not exercise too late at night because it may interfere with your sleep.
Some of the best forms of cardio exercise are; walking, running, bicycling, jumping rope, and as I have discovered, dancing to the grand children’s TV character songs. My granddaughter likes the movie “Sing” (Universal, Pictures 2016) and for a few weeks during the summer, we watched it 3 times a day. The movie is full of several generations of get your feet moving happy music. The kind of music that you just can’t help dancing to. On the first day, I could not dance through a whole song. But by the end of that time, I could dance to the entire 15 minute ending credits music. I also found some extra stamina for housework, and for the first time in months, I could actually make a round trip to the basement and back up without being tired. I was not trying to accomplish anything at all; I achieved that by being silly with the kids.
The youth in your world could benefit from some moderate exercise with the old folks. We are reminded daily, that obesity is a health concern for our youth. So grab a young person, turn on some music and get moving. It is alright if they laugh at you a little.
This article is intended to be an encouragement for self care and better overall fitness and well being. No information in this post is intended to be medical advice. If you have health concerns, consult a physician before taking on any new activity.