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The Exercise Habit

by JoAnn Pinkerton | Jul 05, 2017

We're pleased to have a guest post from Dr. Nanette Santoro.


Nanette Santoro, MD
NAMS Board Member

Most every day, I get out of bed and perform some sort of early morning exercise. Whether it’s a machine workout in my basement on my trusty elliptical and stationery bike, or it’s a hike in the mountains. It just doesn’t feel right to me if I have not done some movement to start my day. There are many reasons to believe that this daily habit will extend my years of healthy living and reduce my health liabilities in the future. Here are some reasons why you should get into or stick with the exercise habit:

  • You’ll have more energy. Once you are past the fatigue that comes with aerobic training, you will have improved your endurance and have more energy to give to your work and home life.
  • You’ll sleep better. There’s nothing like knocking yourself out in the gym (or on the trail, or in the pool) to bring on a sound, deep, refreshing sleep.
  • You’ll have better bones. Reams of data tell us that impact exercise is one of the best ways to keep your bones healthy.
  • You’ll have better balance. Working your muscles, especially with activities like yoga that emphasize accessory muscles that you seldom use, will help prevent accidents and falls.
  • You can eat more. The calorie deficit that you incur from a 45-minute bout of exercise may entitle you to a treat that you would otherwise not be able to have.
  • It’s good for your soul. Meditative exercise such as swimming lets your brain roam free and can lead to more creativity. Some find that running or jogging lets them put their brain on autopilot and get into a meditative state. Others find that just being alone or with loved ones in a naturally beautiful setting is restorative.
  • You’ll stave off arthritis. People who are extremely active may get overuse injuries, but for those of us who are middling athletes, it’s good for the joints to be subject to movement. Swishing around the synovial fluid prevents problems later on.
  • You’re more likely to maintain your weight. Even if you are “playing for the tie” with calories, physical activity is the #1 way to prevent weight gain in midlife and beyond. 

I could go on . . . but I’ve got to go for a jog!

 



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