Want to start an exercise regimen? It is simpler than you think.
It’s that time of the year again: It’s the time of the year we all commit ourselves to self improvement. Overwhelmingly, for many that means committing to achieve a higher level of health, but this manifests in many ways. For most, it simply means shedding some pounds, whether it be a stubborn 10 pounds or a stubborn 100 pounds. For others, it may mean committing to fighting any number of health problems or symptoms by finally taking responsibility for––and control of––your own health. Consider starting an Exercise Regimen.
Certainly, diet is an important part of this, and we talk a lot about the role that diet plays in health. Particularly, we discuss the role that diet plays in the prevention of diseases caused by yeast, fungi and their poisons, which is likely more common than many people assume. Truly, a discussion about health is incomplete without considering these germs and their poisons, both of which we are exposed to on a regular basis. These germs have implications for any number of diseases and health problems, including weight gain and obesity.
However, while proper diet is critical for good health, it’s efficacy in promoting health can be heightened or diminished by another factor: Exercise.
Hardly a day goes by without another study extolling the benefits of exercise. Exercise affects every organ system in the body, almost overwhelmingly in a positive manner. Exercise has benefits for the cardiovascular system, the musculoskeletal system, your brain and nervous system––exercise simply promotes excellent health for the whole body. And while diet is perhaps the strongest factor influencing your health, it is so closely followed by exercise that science tells us that the two are nearly equal. In other words, any effort you make to change your diet will be strongly influenced be exercise or lack thereof.
But perhaps you are new to healthy living, and the thought of exercising is intimidating. How do you even begin? One of the simplest and most effective exercises in the world is something you learn to do as a baby––walking.
Regular, brisk walking has been shown to confer a number of health benefits, including improved heart and lung health, lower blood pressure, weight loss, stronger bones, better balance and management of joint pain. Furthermore, the amount of time spent walking in order to glean these benefits is laughably low––as little as 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, or a total of 150 minutes is enough for this type of exercise regimen to have a positive effect.
The only equipment required is a comfortable pair of shoes and an open space––this can mean the outdoors or a neighborhood or a trail, or it can mean an indoor mall or gym if it is too cold where you live. Perhaps 30 minutes a day is too much for you now; that is ok. Start with a walk around the block every day, or whatever you can manage. Simply committing to getting up and walking every day is enough to positively influence your health.
As always, it is important to talk to your doctor before starting any sort of exercise regimen, but likely he or she will encourage a sensible walking regimen. Walking simply constitutes the easiest way to start an exercise regimen. The benefits await you.