by New Ventures BOCES Intern, Savannah Souza de Lima
Research has shown that regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. It can delay aging and improve your appearance. Exercise can make you feel more confident and boost your self-esteem. Exercise helps improve both sleep and bone density, which lowers the risk of osteoporosis. Muscle mass diminishes with age. If you do not replace the lean muscle you lose the percentage of fat in your body will increase.
Exercise can help control and lose weight. By burning more calories than the calories you consume, you can lose weight. It’s as simple as that; diet and exercise, smaller portions and longer walks. Exercise improves mood. Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals called endorphins which trigger a positive feeling in the body, leaving you feeling happier and more relaxed. After a boring or overwhelming day at school or work, there is nothing more I want to do than take a long walk with my dog or spend an hour at the gym.
Not sure where to start? The library has exercise books like Kathy Smith's "Fitness Makeover: A 10 Week Guide to Exercise and Nutrition" or Porter Shimer's "Too Busy To Exercise" which offers some great ideas on how to get exercise into your day. The library also has DVDs on a myriad of exercise programs like yoga and the "Dance It Off Workout" with Jennifer Galardi. And, if you want to try our Bone Builders Program, stop in on Tuesdays at 1pm and see Chris Crandall.
You only get one body. Take care of it. If you don’t use your body then you will lose your body.