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Exercise is critical for improving one’s overall health. It is the key to cardiovascular wellness, respiratory productivity and improving your mood. Many people don’t enjoy adding exercise to their daily life and yet, it’s been proven in thousands of studies to both prevent and fight disease.
It is a complementary treatment without negative side effects!
Don’t ignore the benefit of a 30-minute workout. Your health is worth the investment. A walk around the block, a yoga class, time on a stationary bike or treadmill (especially when the weather is bad) are excellent low-impact ways to get your blood pumping!
Early in the morning is one of the best times to exercise. It revs up your circulation, warms the muscles, and clears the “fog” from your mind. Starting your day with a workout will keep you energized and alert.
A pleasant-looking body can be achieved through exercise, but you can also enjoy other benefits. These benefits enable the body to fight serious illnesses that can easily destroy the body.
Proven Health Benefits of Exercise
- Part of a healthy weight control plan. Obesity is a primary risk factor for cancer, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and many other serious health conditions.
- Helps improve mood and prevent depression – a serious side effect of cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment. Exercise boosts the production of the endorphin hormones in the brain that make you feel happier and more relaxed.
- Improves energy levels by boosting your body’s circulation and delivery of oxygen to your cells. Over time, your heart, lungs, and muscles get stronger and work more proficiently.
- Get better (and deeper) sleep if you suffer from insomnia – a common complaint amongst patients struggling with the anxiety of their cancer crisis.
- Boosts the excretory system so that cancer-causing toxins and waste are removed more efficiently. The fewer the toxins in your system, the better you’ll feel overall. The excretory system is comprised of your blood, lymph, bladder, kidneys, and intestines.
- Enhances your immune system (specifically the lymphatic system) preventing the growth and spread of disease-causing organisms in your body. A strong immune system is your best defense against cancer.
- Makes you more conscious of your overall lifestyle choices. People who exercise regularly tend to be more attentive to their food choices and water intake. They are also more likely to eliminate pro-inflammatory substances such as dairy, processed foods and excessive alcohol consumption.
You don’t have to spend all your time in the gym or invest a fortune on home exercise equipment. To improve your health from head to toe, you can incorporate “healthy movement” in many ways that won’t feel like a chore.
12 Fun Ways to Exercise (without being miserable)
- Take regular walks with family, friends, and pets
- Jump on a mini-trampoline while watching TV
- Playing with your kids in the pool or at the beach
- Turn “meeting over coffee” into a walk
- Housework (yes, it really works)
- Yoga, tai chi, pilates, water aerobics, or other “low-impact” classes
- Join a community athletic league (and meet new people)
- Power walk while you grocery shop or wait for a prescription
- Take the stairs if you have the option
- Park further from stores and use those extra steps
- Bike or walk to work, friends’ homes, or to do errands
- Use breaks at work to walk around the building with a co-worker
Exercise shouldn’t be awful. It can help prevent cancer – as well as dozens of other serious, life threatening diseases – and keep it from coming back.
Help your body get strong and stay strong with thirty minutes of heart-pumping, physical activity every day. Once you get in the habit of “moving,” you’ll never want to stop. The trick is to find the exercise or activity that’s right for you, something you love and get excited about doing.
Get moving…right now!
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in February 2015.