We all want to live a long healthy life. With today’s pressures and cares it can sometimes be more than a body can bear. But what if I told you there is a sure fire cure for what ails you from depression to forgetfulness?
According to a number of published reports, the #1 exercise that fits this bill is aerobic types of exercises. I’m talking things that will elevate your heartbeat and get you sweating for 45 min at a time.
I have been running since the age of 18 and I can tell you from experience that the Adrenalin rush from running is excellent. Training for a marathon back in 2012 was the best year emotionally of my life. I was more creative, energetic and excited about life. It was the most productive year of my life. The amount of projects that I was able to complete was incredible.
The studies have shown that there is an increased energy level from doing aerobic exercises. Memory and cognitive skills are increased and well as the lessening effects of depression were reported. These are astounding findings which make you wonder why doctors don’t just prescribe aerobic exercise instead of drugs.
Here are a few tips on getting started on any exercise regime.
- Get a thorough physical. Especially if you are over the age of 50, getting the ok from your physician is key.
- Stretch first. Light stretching before exercise will loosen up muscles that may not be used to strenuous physical activity.
- Wear the right clothing. Nothing is worse than wearing street shoes, when you should be wearing running shoes or hiking boots.
- Start slowly. You will enjoy your exercises more if you start out little by little. Don’t worry, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
- Be consistent. Exercise is most effective if you make it a habit. Reports have indicated that aerobic exercise on as many days a week as possible is especially beneficial.