Plus Exercise

Do we really need to exercise? The answer is no. You can live your entire life without exercising, and therefore it’s not part of my five essentials to life. I feel that exercise can be used to enhance your life and keep you feeling young and restless if done properly. Let me define exercise: it’s a planned event to apply a force for adaptive changes. When you start to work out, it is challenging, but there should be a point where the same workout gets to be somewhat easy compared to when you started. That would be exercise and the body’s ability to adapt to it. Do we really need to exercise no, exercise is not needed to live. However, it is needed if you haven't maintained a certain level of fitness and you want to get off the couch, out of bed, get off the toilet by yourself, or play with your kids and grandkids as you get older.

Obesity is growing very quickly in our country and exercise and activity will help reduce that dramatically. Exercise alone will not solve the obesity and health issues in our country, but it will not hurt the cause. For all of you parents and grandparents that are concerned about the health of your family, start being the example and, with no words, show your family how important exercise is and that it makes you feel and look.

I hate blaming technology for everything, so for now I’m going to stick with it. For thousands of years our body adapted to function and be good at very specific things. This concept is found all over nature, and this process took thousands of years to happen. Over the last 150 years, technology has made our everyday lives easier. Here lies the problem: as toilets became more available, our ability to squat became more challenging. Squatting should be a simple movement for most everyone to do, but I see every day that is not the truth. Toilets are only one example, but I would say that sitting in general has been the overall biggest issue. The second big problem is that we don’t lift heavy things any more. If we don’t use our body for how it was designed and we never lift heavy things someday, we can’t even lift ourselves. I see hundreds of people every year that have great challenges with simple task like getting out of bed, sleeping, walking, going up steps, reaching over their heads. Wow, I see this only get worse, but maybe I’m the fool and technology will somehow figure a way to solve these problems. If we don’t start addressing this problem and the population over the age of 65 doubles in the next 20 years, we are going to be in a world of caregiving with no caregivers. Here is my simple rule: if you don’t use it you will lose it, and if it’s hard today, it will be even harder tomorrow.

First and most importantly, start being active. Being active and exercising is not the quiet the same thing. Being active is finding 1-3 things that you love to do. It could be bowling, walking, hiking, swimming, dancing, softball, volleyball, biking, fishing, hunting, cleaning, and cooking and do it as often as you can. Second, we need to learn how to exercise, but be careful who you listen to. I would suggest to start listening to me and I will guide you to the answer or to someone that can help you. Here are some rules to exercise by:

  • Find things in your life that you want to be easier.
  • Set goals based on what is important to you.
  • The exercise should feel comfortable and should not hurt your joints.
  • You need to challenge yourself.
  • Lift heavy weights, because you need to be stronger.
  • If you can lift a weight more than 15 times, the weight is too light.
  • Do interval training for cardio.
  • Do exercises to improve posture.
  • Exercise 3-5 days per week.
  • Improve range of motion by strengthening not only stretching

A good place to start is by putting your name and email in the box on the right and get my free workout book.