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JULY  2008

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Exercise Your Body and Mind

by B.J. Armstrong

Did you know that the loss of energy and strength that is often blamed on aging is partly caused by loss of exercise? Would you like to feel more energized, vibrant and alive? Exercise, no matter what your age, can do all this for you. Like anything else, exercise needs to become a habit. Let us take a look at what getting in the habit of exercise can do for you:

Gives you more energy to do the things that you want to do
Keep and build strength
Improve balance
Boost your mood

B J Armstrong

Delay or even protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer
Makes you look and feel good about yourself

The idea is to make exercise a habit. There's no need to join a gym (although,

that's good if it keeps you on target). The main idea of an exercise habit is to let it fit into your daily schedule. Here are a few energy-building activities that could become part of your everyday life:

Ride a bicycle
Dance

Garden
Swim
Go hiking
Climb stairs
Go for a brisk walk
Jump rope
Walk whenever possible, instead of driving
Jog in place

Activities like these are called 'aerobic', or cardio-respiratory. The goal is start slowly with one or more a week. 

Eventually, you should do one or a combination for thirty minutes most days of the week. For overall health, experts recommend stretching to increase flexibility.

Shadow boxing is wonderful for this and considered one of the best all over exercises for building muscle strength.

Do you get enough brain exercise during the week? Don't forget your mind needs

exercise too. Try the word jumble on this page to exercise your brain.

You may be disappointed if you fail; but you are doomed if you don't try. - Beverly Sills


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