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The Need To Exercise

Updated on October 9, 2011

Factors attributed to our modern society (e.g., work, money, "keeping up with the Jones'", bills to pay, etc.) and the convenience of technology has put physical exercise on the back seat for many. Cars have replaced the need for most of us to walk. Some of us work a 9-to-5 day job in addition to working a second or even a third part-time job. I really can't fathom how they do it, but some on top of all that have kids to take care of, aged parents to care for ... and the list goes on and on. Hats off to you ... you guys are awesome and incredible!

But for most of us, there are things we sacrifice when juggling all those things in our daily lives. And probably one of the things that rank way up there is your health due to the lack of physical exercise. In all the craziness and chaos, you need to take some time out for yourself and include some healthy exercises within your hectic schedule.

Health Benefits Of Exercise
Well, tons of them. Here are some for starters:

  • Support Good Posture
  • Decrease Neck, Joint & Back Pain
  • Lose Body Fat, Weight & Get Lean
  • Enhance Balance, Flexibility, Agility & Speed
  • Build Functional Strength & Power

Types Of Exercises
If you were expecting tons of cardio, well, sorry to disappoint, but I like to concentrate more on resistance exercises. And no, I'm not talking about free weights. You'll need to incorporate some aerobic-like routines, but not to the extent that we've been brainwashed with. And did you hear that resistance exercises actually reverses aging?!? Ooops ... forgot to add that to the list of health benefits of exercises. Anyways, here's a list of exercises you may want to implement. They're considered resistance exercises using your bodyweight, and thus, bodyweight exercises:

  • Push-Ups
  • Squats
  • Stairs Exercises
  • Planks
  • Lunges

I like bodyweight exercises because they can be done anywhere, anytime ... they are portable. And you can have tons of variations on a single type of exercise such as the the push-ups (standard push-ups, one-hand push-ups, diamond-shape push-ups, etc.). They support the natural motion of our human body, and are good for all changes and fitness levels.

Now I'm not talking about training to get those bulging - "Aaarnold-esque" - muscles where you can hold a person on the palm of your right hand and be drinking a fruit smoothie on the other hand. No .. far from it. What I'd like to emphasize is for all of us to not forsake physical exercise, and not lose our functional strength and power to live out the rest of our fulfilling lives.


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    • glenns profile image

      glenns 6 years ago

      Hi billips:

      Yes, even a little exercise everyday helps. Current research has found that doing exercises in rapid spurts (e.g., sprints) is much more effective than performing (those boring) cardios for 1 hour or running on the treadmill for hours. Jogging up a flight of stairs is just as effective!

      Thanks a million for your comments!


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      billips 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Great Hub - exercise has so many benefits, and you really don't need a lot of fancy equipment to get healthy and stay healthy - B.

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      glenns 6 years ago

      Hi OutsideTheLines:

      Gym memberships are nice, but it can get pricey and stuff, and you always get that "I need to spend hours at the gym to get my money's worth" mentality. And the worse thing about it is that you don't need to spend a ton of hours working out everyday to get a fit and healthy body. That's why I like bodyweight exercises. They're portable, free, and pretty much 10-15 minutes a day and you get an overall, full-body workout!

      Thanks much for your comments.


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      OutsideTheLines 6 years ago from Tulsa, OK

      Great and useful hub! I always think that it would take too long to go to the gym to work out and seem to forget how many quality exercises I can do at home. Thank you for reminding me :)