I recently started gearing up to send out a monthly newsletter to anyone who wants to subscribe. In thinking about what to put in my “Health Tips” column, I started thinking about exercise and energy.
It seems counter-intuitive to exercise if you’re tired, but all the experts tell us that the opposite is true! Exercise is what keeps you from being tired all the time. Exercise improves circulation and breathing, and basically makes your body a more efficient machine. This article from the Mayo Clinic states, “Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.”
A side note here (because I’m a nutrition Nazi) — you have to actually EAT NUTRITIOUS FOOD for your body deliver nutrients to your muscles and tissues.
Does one have to join a gym? No. Just getting out and doing something somewhat strenuous is good. Your body needs to be challenged. A brisk walk, riding bikes, participating in a sport, working in the garden … almost anything is good if it gets your heart pumping, challenges your muscles, and makes you sweat.
The article goes on to point out some additional benefits of exercise:
- Weight control
- Combats health conditions and diseases
- Improves mood
- Boosts energy
- Promotes better sleep
- Improves your sex life
- Is fun!
I don’t know about you, but I love the benefits of exercise. I love being able to run up and down the stairs without effort. I love being able to work in the garden without repercussions. I love being able to go through my day without having to stop and rest. I’m a gym rat; I love going to the gym and lifting weights with friends. It’s not necessary to do that for exercise, but it’s something I enjoy. On days when I can’t go, I feel it. I’m tired and depressed.
What do YOU do to improve your health?