Physical exercise

Committed exercisers generally feel happier and healthier. Studies show that moderate exercise reduces depression or anxiety and helps with sleep. It can help with back pain, injuries or arthritis. It also helps prevent diseases such as heart disease, osteoporosis or diabetes. Staying fit will keep your body weight at a level that is right for you. For best results, you should do at least, 30 minutes of physical activity per day, five days a week.

Walking is one of the best exercises. It can be done anywhere and at no cost. It is also a great way to reduce sitting time. There is no point in exercising if the majority of your time outside your fitness hours is spent sitting.

The difficulty with exercise is to turn it into a habit. Some people dread the idea of going to the gym. One way to overcome this feeling is to think in reverse, as you’re preparing to head out. Think back on how great you feel when you are half way into the workout and how wonderful you feel when you are finish. This mental trickery will keep you focused and on track.

Another way to turn exercise into a habit is to choose activities that you enjoy. Make it a fun experience. Change your exercise routine so you don’t get bored. If you like to be with others, look into team sports. If you want to socialize while you move, then choose Nordic walking or dancing. If you prefer individual sports, swimming or bicycling might be for you. Remember, you don’t have to be an athlete to move.

Physical exercise falls into three types – flexibility, aerobic and anaerobic exercises. If you are starting a programme, then go slowly. Professionals can help you choose the exercises that are safe for you. If you have health issues or you are pregnant, see your health practitioner. He or she will perform an examination and recommend the kind of exercises for your health needs.

Photo courtesy of Alex Pfeiffer
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Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

10 thoughts on “Physical exercise

  1. I totally agree and it can be done anytime and at no cost. So its a win win situation. Congratulations on your blog. It is really great!
    Phyllis (Mother-in-Law)

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