If you are like most people you believe fatigue or loss of energy is a result of age. Your absolutely right, left unattended your body naturally slows down. The key is in understanding our body and how it works. As we get older our body slows down the production of many enzymes necessary to maintain the level of energy we desire.
This is not our bodies’ fault; most of us do not take care of our bodies.
- We do not eat correctly.
- We do not sleep correctly.
- We do not exercise correctly.
Some form of exercise is critical to maintaining a healthy, energetic life. When we exercise our lungs get stronger, allowing more oxygen to get into our blood. Our heart gets stronger, allowing more blood to flow to our vital organs. Our organs do not have to over work, leaving us with more energy to use throughout the day.
One definition of exercise is: bodily or mental exertion, esp. for the sake of training or improvement of health.
The definition of exertion is: vigorous action or effort.
With these two definitions in mind, to exercise is: to vigorously work the body.
This does not mean that you have to exercise for long periods of time. It is quite the opposite. The best way to maximize your cardio workout is short bursts of vigorous action, followed by short periods of restful action. One example of this would be a 30 sec sprint followed by a 30 sec walk, and repeat as many times as you can to complete your workout regimen.
There are endless ways to exercise, and what works for me, may or may not work for you. The #1 most important thing to remember when deciding what you want to do for exercise is: make sure you can have fun doing it. If you can enjoy the exercise you choose, then you will have better success sticking to it.
Anything that raises your heart rate is considered cardio exercise. If you walk all day at work and then come home and walk for 30 mins, it probably is not going to raise your heart rate, therefore being ineffective. If you come home and walk extra fast or do short sprints, that will definitely be effective. Do you get the idea?
If you are over the age of 45, have not exercised in a long time, or suffer joint pain, you will want to adjust your exercise routine accordingly. Everyone should remember to stretch out thoroughly prior to any exercise and do not forget to cool down after exercising. Always consult a qualified health care practitioner before beginning any new exercise program.
This is just one of many techniques that will allow our bodies to heal itself naturally, without the use of expensive medications.
I say, “Lets help our bodies help themselves”.