Hello there. Welcome to Stroll in Health.
Strolling in health is all about doing gentle, low impact exercise to gain and maintain our health as we grow older. There will also be articles about health matters generally.
Hello from Jonson H. I’ll be your host during your visit.
When I finally stopped working , I soon became bored with doing not much. Oh! it was easy enough to fill the time, but I can’t say that I was achieving much. So I looked around to see what I could do.
My “thing’ in life is helping others to achieve what they want to. Now, while spending hours in a gym is long in my past, I accept the reality that exercise of some kind is a must. But for some of us older folks, the wear and tear of our daily lives so far, means that strenuous exercise is out of the question. Our hearts may be suspect, our inner balance may be a bit off, we don’t see or hear so good any more. All of the stuff that tells us we aren’t so young any more.
But, provided that we do not have some physical condition that prevents us from doing so, walking is exercise. Low impact exercise that does not cause our bodies any undue stress. Of course, I’m excluding race walking when I say that.
So I decided to start this blog. To write all sorts of things about walking for exercise and our health. Will I sometimes stray from this aim. You can count on it. I’m an explorer type personality. I love to find out things. So if I find out something that looks unrelated, but may help you or a friend of yours, I’ll write about it here. What you do about it is up to you though.
Exercising properly can mean almost anything. From a gentle stroll arm in arm with your partner, to competing in an Olympic sprint or marathon. It is the purpose of the exercise, and which of your body’s fuel stocks that get used up, that is important.
According tho the experts, there are two main types of exercise that anyone can do. These are known as aerobic and anaerobic. The first, aerobic, means that it involves the use of oxygen. So it means that we will need to be physically doing sdomething that makes us use more oxygen that if we are sitting doing nothing. Where it differs from the second type is in it’s fuel source. Aerobic type exercise burns fat as the main fuel.
Anaerobic on the other hand, burns sugar as its main source of fuel.
Despite all the common myths that float about from time to time, exercise doesn’t have to be drastic in any way to provide massive benefits. Even if you choose light exercise, what they call low impact exercise, you will still burn fat. Not as much as you would or could if you went to a gym, maybe. But provided that you do it regularly, you should be able to keep your body weight at a constant level.
Light exercise will clear out abuild up of what is known as lactic acid in your body. You’ve probably come across it, perhaps without knowing what it is. You know how your muscles sometimes burn or hurt, after you’ve been moving about for a while. Or doing something fairly strenuous? Well that burn or soreness, is caused by a build-up of lactic acid in your system. It’s a waste product in your body, but one that stimulates your cells to regenerate. So its not all bad.
To be sure that you are burning fat rather than sugar, it’s very important to make sure that you are doing several seemingly unimportant things as you exercise.
The most important thing you can do as you exercise is breathe deep. You should always breathe in deep, and push the air into your stomach. Make your stomach fill up and out. Don’t leave the air just in your chest area. Breathe into your stomach through your nose, hold it for a few seconds and then exhale, hard, through your mouth.
Second, you should make sure that you exercise at a comfortable level. You should exercise at a level of 7 out of 10, Where a 10 has you lying down and gasping for air. You should still be able to carry on a normal conversation while you exercise.
If we listen to the experts again, they tell us we should do this for 30 to 45 minutes or so each day. That it won’t take you long before you’ll begin to notice just how much your more energy you’ll have.
Even if you don’t think you have the time to exercise, rest assured that there is always time. If you have to, use the time that you would normally spend sleeping. By exercising, you’ll actually need less sleep than before.
If you are still working, you can also use the time of your lunch break to exercise as well. If you’ve retired, then a walk around the perimeter of the shopping mall can be easily included in your outing. Who knows, you may even find some new stores to visit. That’ll add even more exercise. If only for your wallet.
The increase in productivity will have you more on the ball, and you can save your time through the dramatic increase in your overall productivity.
Use any break you have from whatever you are doing, to engage in some type of movement and deep breathing. Even if it’s only stopping for a coffee or a bathroom break. Look around. See if there’s a longer way to get to your destination and use that.If you’re driving, park a bit further away from your destination. If you’re going by bus, get off a stop earlier than you needto, and take a short walk.
Remember that the experts say that 30-45 minutes of exercise each day is what we all need. What they don’t tell us is that our exercise can me taken in 5 or 10 minute segments. We should be able to find a few lots of ten minutes or so.
Any type of exercise you do will strongly benefit your heart. It will make it a stronger and larger organ. Just don’t overfo things if it yours has suffered some kinfd of damage. But I don’t have to say that, do I? Deep breathing will help your lungs become stronger and larger as well. There is research now that links all types of exercise to helping benefit and almost prevent each and every type of disease or ailment.
Movement of the joints will promote proper blood flow and create energy, just as sitting down all day will rob your body of much needed energy. If you sit down all day, it’s very important that you promote blood flow, circulation, energy, brain flow, and the strength of your heart. With just a little bit of your time devoted to exercise, you’ll find yourself healthier than you have ever been in the past.