Energize Your Success – Exercise

by Stephen Mills on May 31, 2009

Exercise

This article is the fourth in a series that will be dedicated to helping you improve your energy. You will not escape the rat race or enjoy life if you are energy deficient. Energy level is a fundamental key to thriving and not just surviving. Take it from someone who knows. I have been chronically fatigued for much of my adult life. I’m turning it around big time, but I’m not all the way there yet. The first three articles are:

Energize Your Success – Decrease Distress
Energize Your Success – Use The Right Fuel
Energize Your Success – Potassium

Exercise that increases your cardiovascular fitness will actually increase your body’s ability to produce energy.  Some very good studies have confirmed that moderate aerobic exercise increases the energy of otherwise sedentary people.

Aside from aerobic exercise, I believe everyone should lift weights.  Loss of function in aging is more related to loss of muscle strength than anything else.

I think there is great value in Pilates.  Strengthening your core and learning to move correctly is very important.  Other exercises that increase flexibility and range of motion like yoga are also probably very valuable.  I took a few yoga classes a few years ago and I thought it was very beneficial.  I quit doing it and regret that decision.  I intend to start up again.

Our bodies developed in an environment where we moved.  In fact we moved almost constantly.  Therefore it makes sense they we need to continue to move throughout our lives.  They are making treadmill desks now so you can actually walk slowly while working on your computer!  I have an adjustable desk that can be raised or lowered to sit or stand.

I read a lot, which is very easy to do in a recliner.  I have been doing a lot of standing and walking while reading.  I just walk around my house.  There are many ways to move more if you get creative.

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Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills May 31, 2009 at 11:21 am

Exercise is something that can easily get pushed aside in a busy schedule. Don’t let that happen, the dividends are well worth the effort. Make exercise part of your lifestyle and everything else will improve also. Nice article, thanks Stephen for publishing it.

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bunnygotblog May 31, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Hello-

I use to run every morning religiously.Now I am down to 2-3 times a week with yoga and pilates regiment. I do it more often when I feel stressed with work or have indulged in too much cheese or chocolate:)
I agree with Jonathan it can be pushed aside with a busy schedule.
Great article.
Cheers

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Sara June 1, 2009 at 4:04 am

Hi…this is my first time at your site. I went back and read the other articles about increasing your energy and enjoyed them all. I found the one on Potassium interesting because I recently started a supplement. I’m pleased to see that you recommend it!

Right now, I’m in Switzerland in the Alps. Living here temporarily has made me very aware of the value of exercise. I’m in a tiny village high in the mountains and everyone WALKS everywhere. Coming from Florida, my first walks were challenging to say the least…old women with canes could pass me on the mountain steps! Now, I walk easily, which is good because walking is often the best way to see the sites in this beautiful country.

Thanks for your series:~)

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Laurie | Express Yourself to Success June 1, 2009 at 7:12 am

This is an important post. Exercise has lots of benefits for me, not only in terms of body health, but also it helps me sleep better and reduces my stress. I’ve had to put exercise on my priority list because, as Jonathan mentioned, it’s easy to put it on the shelf when time is tight.

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Roger | A Content Life June 1, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Stephen,

Great points!

I lift weights and jog several times per week. I also go on long walks. I’ve been doing it for years and I feel pretty good for somebody that is almost 50.

The biggest problem I have is flexibility. My wife is a yoga teacher and teaches several classes per week. She is very flexible and strong. I really have no excuse except that I dislike stretching.

I’ve never tried Pilates, but I would like to.

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Vin | NaturalBias.com June 2, 2009 at 11:31 am

Exercise is undoubtedly a great way to boost health, but too many people overdo it. Whether it be to lose weight or for the endorphin rush, people are doing excessive amounts of cardio on nearly a daily basis and are destroying their health in the process.

Any good exercise program should include a good balance of training flexibility, mobility, strength and the cardiovascular system, but most importantly, the intensity and duration of the activity needs to be inline with the exerciser’s health and physical capacity.

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