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Physical activity in your life is important

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Physical activity in your life is important

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
                                                                                                                              John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I’ve been called health nut, fitness addict and many other names but none of that has ever bothered me.

Being mindful of what I eat and making physical activity a mandatory part of my life is the reason I’m still here and enjoying every moment of my life. My good health and physical abilities are proof positive that physical fitness training and proper eating works.

I recently went to a twelve-hour schedule at work and that has totally disrupted my way of life. Although I get enough sleep and I eat well I’m still having a difficult time putting together a worthwhile physical fitness schedule.

But, I haven’t given up and I won’t because of all of the benefits I’ve derived from exercise.

Physical activity is a key component of weight control and reduces the risk of dying from heart disease. Physical activity also helps to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and other serious health problems.

I became very much aware of how my blood pressure increased after my acute medical episode last year when I had to spend some time being inactive. There was a sudden halt to the half-mile swims, twenty-five mile bike rides and five-mile runs.

There were things that I still continued to do that everyone can and should do to enhance their health. I went for daily walks, and as always, I still took the stairs when possible and went for shorter less intense bike rides. I increased the routines daily until I was back to normal. And that means my blood pressure dropped back into normal limits.

Anyway, after going to a twelve-hour shift I’ve ended up with some setbacks so it’s been necessary to formulate and experiment with new schedules and decide which one works best.

I still have a couple of century rides and a half marathon on my bucket list so I’m working on finding a training schedule that will fit in with my work schedule.
So until I come up with the perfect schedule I’ll never stop trying.

So if you’re pinched for time in your daily life the way I am, here are a few tips to help with everyday fitness.
. Take a 10-minute walk during a break at work.
. Park in the corner furthest from the grocery store or work place or wherever you’re
   going.
. Forfeit a television program for a bike ride.
. Do pushups and/or crunches during commercials.
. And as I’ve said before, take the stairs.

These are just a few tips to help improve everyday life so give it try and remember never say “I’m too old” or “I can’t” because you’re not and you can.

MIZPAH!

DOC

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