The entire medical profession will tell you that people who are fitter will generally have less health problems. They will also say that one of the simplest and most effective ways to bring down blood glucose levels, cut the risk of cardiovascular disease, and improve overall health and well-being is physical fitness and exercise. Yet, in our increasingly sedentary world, where almost every essential task can be performed online, from the driver?s seat, or with a phone call, exercising and being physically fit can be tough case to sell. It requires a massive change in behaviour.
Everyone should exercise, yet survey shows that less than 30% of the western world adult population gets the recommended thirty minutes of daily physical activity, and at least 25% are not active at all.
Inactivity is thought to be one of the key reasons for the surge of type 2 diabetes, because inactivity and obesity promote insulin resistance and other factors that trigger other kinds of diseases.
There is some good news! It is never too late to get moving and shaking. Exercise is one of the easiest ways to start controlling the onset of any kinds of diseases. For people who are already candidates for some serious diseases like diabetes and heart failure, exercise and physical fitness can improve the condition of some parts of the body like insulin sensitivity, lower the risk of heart disease, and promote weight loss.
How do you get started?
Consult your medical practitioner and tell him or her of your plans. You will be tested in some ways and given some guidance and encouragement. Some of the concerns may be:
(a) Heart related – A stress test may be arranged
(b) Diabetic retinopathy ? caution about activities like weight lifting and jogging that may cause ?retinal detachment?
(c) Peripheral neurothapy ? caution about feet intensive weight exercises and recommend low impact activities like swimming, rowing and biking.
The next step is to seek advice on what exercises should be in your program and it you have not exercised for some time and explanation on how to do them.
It is a good practice to have regular checkups with your medical practitioner especially when you intend to ramp up your activity.
The bottom line is that physical fitness and exercise should not have to be a rigid activity and should be enjoyed. It is true that you do not often see joggers smiling as they exercise but it is good to see them exercising in a relaxed way. Your exercise routine can be as simple as a brisk nightly neighborhood walk, walking the dog, or simply taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The important thing is that you keep on moving. Every little bit really helps a lot.
In the end, you will realize that the many things that good food can bring you are equally the same as what physical fitness can do for you.
Just DO IT!