5 Reasons to Start Exercising

5 Reasons to Start Exercising today

  1. To be able to live and experience life
  2. Reduce Cardiovascular Risk
  3. Reduce Osteoporosis
  4. Maintain a healthy weight
  5. To Reduce pain

Today was a beautiful day and perfect for hitting the hiking trails. I have to confess after 10 years of working in private practice physical therapy I let life keep me from working out. I used the excuse,” I move and exercise at my job.” This was true for keeping my strength up, but my cardiovascular system has suffered. I am a physical therapist and I know better.

My husband and I started back to hiking last year. It has been a struggle. My heart rate would increase rapidly and I would become short of breath with little exertion. 8 weeks ago I decided to change that and returned to walking/running on the treadmill and strength training with weights 3 times a week. I started a Tabata training program due to research demonstrating increased results in women going through menopause versus 40 minutes of aerobic walking.  I am extremely impressed with the quick results that I have experienced with Tabata training. This week I was able to kayak 3 miles and hike 5 miles in the same day and today I finally made it to the top of the trail that we have been hiking over the past year. The best part, I was able to experience a beautiful view that can only be seen by hiking to the top. I am thankful to be able to get out and experience GOD’s creation.

We are immune to hearing that diet and exercise will improve our health. The truth is it does and it is backed by research. Even better, you can do it for free. Only YOU can make the decision to get off the couch and go for a walk, even if it is only to the mailbox.  Now that the weather is finally improving make the decision that you are going to live life this Spring and Summer. When you begin your exercise program: Start slow, gradually increase intensity, and be consistent. You will quickly begin to see your body change; which will keep you motivated. Soon you will be climbing your own mountain. #Getoutandenjoylife, #movementismedicine

This article is for education only. This information is not intended to replace the advise or evaluation of a healthcare provider. An evaluation is highly skilled and complex and involves an evaluation of different systems and elements to determine the best approach for each individual. Always follow the instructions of your physical therapist or physician in regards to your personal exercise program.