Benefits of Exercise

A health advice from 70 year old lady to her 45 year old daughter

Creating awareness about the preventive health care measures is one of the prime objectives of this blog. Mostly what we write here is about our life experiences. Today I am writing what my 70-year-old client told her daughter. It is very basic and common sense, but;

“There is nothing more uncommon than common sense. ” Frank Lloyd Wright

I am coming to that wisdom in a moment.

Common sense is; exercising before you are diseased, good and nutritious diet before your body system gives in. However, we live a society which believes in action only when there is no other option left, especially when it comes to our own health.

  • For Moms, Whatsapp, children, husband, family, and now career are priorities.
  • For Dads, career, and money are priorities.
  • For Children, mobile games, school, tuition, extra activities, and exams are priorities. (Parents to be blamed for Children’s ill health like Obesity and other disorders)

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But we don’t realize, the body which we use to execute and attend to these priorities also needs our attention. We take our body for granted and everything else in the world attracts our attention and priorities.

“If we don’t teach our children how to take care of their bodies, the education they are receiving to train their minds will go to waste.” Body Ecology Diet

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If we travel daily by car, we take care of our car, it should not stop, ever, we do everything to keep it in a working condition, but we are least bothered about body’s working condition.

The lady in question is a 70-year-old whom I coach for better breathing. Within 2 months of breathing exercise, her doctor was happy with the progress. She realized the importance of exercise and Yogic breathing like Pranayama, she told her 45-year daughter;

“Start exercising now to avoid heavy medical expenses as you age and to live a better quality life.”

Isn’t it a sane advice? Shouldn’t it be a top priority for everyone? Isn’t daily exercise a better insurance than health insurance?

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In her article, The Real Reason We Don’t Exercise, and why you should get your body out of its comfort zone. Sherry potato, Ph.D, writes;”

“The real reason we don’t exercise is our desire to avoid any experience of discomfort…Theories of human behavior have long shown that immediate experience often outweighs future rewards.”

We save money for the future requirement; we will postpone our dreams for the future by saving money and not spending for immediate gratification. But the irony is we don’t save our body for the future. We don’t do exercise which might be painful in the present but will give enduring benefits.

Our belief of ‘Money is more important than the fitness’ is the crux of our entire lifestyle disease epidemic specialty for the rich and the middle class.

It is also medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have;

  • up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
  • a 30% lower risk of early death
  • up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  • up to a 30% lower risk of depression
  • up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

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Whether you are suffering from any disease or disorder, or you are healthy but don’t exercise, regular exercise is the only protection you have to recover from the disease (subject to the doctor’s advice) or keep you fit.

Reading this should inspire you to get motivated, as the saying goes;.

“The best motivation always comes from within.” Michael Johnson (Gold Medal Sprinter)

(Or when the doctor says there is no other option left).

“Nothing will work unless you do.”- John Wooden (Basketball Coach)

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