Imagine yourself swimming through a pool so effortlessly that the sun, sparkling off your wake, seems to generate the power of each thrashing stroke. Or better yet, imagine yourself cycling on a winding rural road, past cows and farm houses, feeling invigorated and rejuvenated as you zoom to the crest of each rise. Even better yet, imagine yourself sprinting along a forest trail, soaking in the scent of pine with every breath, without ever getting winded. Now, imagine doing it all and feeling this great until you are 60, 70, and even beyond.
Those are all wonderful options to getting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that promotes longevity, but if you are not in a position to have all those done on a regular basis, there are a multitude of things you can do to keep fit and maximize your life’s potential. My top picks include: aerobic dance; jogging; swimming; cycling; doing sporting activities such as tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer, golfing, karate, (can you add any?); and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
Like running, aerobics gets your heart pumping. It makes you feel good about yourself when it’s all over. It gives you the extra energy to soar through any day – at any age. Aerobics is best done in the morning to recharge and reinvigorate your body, mind and spirit; however, if it is not convenient to get it done in the morning – any other time of the day is better than not getting it done at all. The aim is to do it regularly! Another great thing about aerobics! You do not have to leave your home!
Swimming is another great exercise that works on every muscle you have in your body, and you may not have to look very far to find a suitable pool. Jogging speeds up your metabolism. It strengthens your joints and ligaments and prepare them for more staying power later in life. And sporting! There has to be at least one sporting activity you enjoy doing!
The goal is to find a combination of exercises and activities you enjoy doing. If your exercise feels like torture, it is highly unlikely that you will continue. So, it is important that you experiment with different exercises, in order to be able to choose the ones you feel more at ease doing and will continue to do on a regular basis. Regular exercise is the single most important thing you can do for yourself, if you want to live a long and healthy lifespan.
In a nutshell, exercise keeps us in shape and extends our youth. Let us make a commitment, and take the time to do exercises regularly.