What Exercises Should You do to be Healthy? – Continued

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Continuing the discussion on the different types of exercises.

Exercise improves your overall feeling of well-being and helps get you to your ideal weight and muscle mass.  You may find yourself asking why you should go to this effort and what benefits you will obtain if you do? This list of gains and benefits will help us answer the question and hopefully encourage you to try to accomplish these goals:

  • Reduced Risk of Cancer
  • Reduced risk of cardiac disease and death
  • Decreased risk of all cause mortality
  • Reduced risk of depression and anxiety
  • Reduced risk of diabetes
  • Reduced Risk of hypertension
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved bone health, fewer osteoporotic fractures.
  • Lower risk of falls
  • Lower risk of stroke
  • Reduced risk of Dementia
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Decreased Swelling
  • Decreased Constipation
  • Improve thinking and memory

If you want these benefits the key is to join a gym or exercise class to learn to stretch before you begin and end your exercise, and to increase weight and intensity of exercise slowly over time.

We want to note that too much exercise is just as bad as none at all, and that you must prepare your body by giving it adequate amounts of protein to make muscle and enough carbohydrates to sustain your aerobic activity.

Finally, if you are over 40, you may need to replace your testosterone to allow you to receive the health benefits of exercise and resistance training and avoid injury.

Lastly for patients who Hate exercise, they may not have found the exercise that is right for them…..  In that case the book the 8 colors of fitness will help you find the exercise you enjoy psychologically.  If you have taken 23 and me, then look at the Fast twitch-slow twitch muscle composition of your body.  If you are all fast twitch like me, then weight training is the ideal exercise for us…short bursts of weight lifting.  If you are slow twitch then aerobic is the exercise for you.  If you have both then you can choose any type of exercise for you!

This Healthcast was written and presented by Dr. Kathy Maupin, M.D., Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Expert and Author, with Brett Newcomb, MA., LPC., Family Counselor, Presenter and Author. www.BioBalanceHealth.com.

 

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