Missing in Action ~ Part 3

Santa & His 8 Tiny Reindeer fly over Chicago by © Terry Tasche

“Santa & His 8 Tiny Reindeer Fly over Chicago” by © Terry Tasche

We have covered various mindsets in Part 2 to help keep your focus each and every day of the week. Learning the benefits of walking and engaging in any kind of exercise increases your chance that you’ll do it regularly. Running to the store doesn’t count, because I doubt if any of us really run to get there.

It’s time to take action and get moving. Oxygen and exercise are FREE and, of course, every day you exercise benefits the whole body.

Here’s a summary of some of the many benefits of exercise:

  • helps prevent strokes
  • reduces inflammation
  • helps manage weight
  • enhances mental health
  • boosts the immune system
  • helps lower high cholesterol
  • helps prevent or cure high BP
  • strengthens the skeletal system
  • improves mental attitude and mood
  • helps alleviate depression and anxiety
  • reduces the risk of cancer and diabetes
  • lowers risk for cognitive decline and dementia
  • improves muscle tone, metabolism and mobility
  • improves the GI tract, increasing mobility and regularity
  • increases our chances of living a healthier and longer life
  • increases breathing, thus delivering oxygen to all the cells and organs
  • helps control addictive behaviors like smoking, gambling, or using drugs

Exercise is not something that is done and finished at the end of seven days. When you take action, results happen. It is the ongoing doing it that gets you and keeps you where you want to be. Thinking about exercising rather than doing it will only add more weight and visceral fat. Although it may sound energetic, thinking about exercising doesn’t burn calories, because thinking about things isn’t a weight-bearing exercise or a cardio workout. Keep the body and brain working well with exercise and physical activity.

“Exercise is the world’s most powerful, effective, safe, and free medicine in the world,” explains Harvard-educated Jordan Metzl, M.D., a sports medicine physician. He states, “There’s not as much money in telling someone to jog for half an hour as there is in telling him to take cholesterol medication for the rest of his life.” As we can see in the many benefits listed above, exercise is powerful therapy for a wide range of conditions.

Daily exercise increases the chance to live a healthier and longer life. After all, the simple secret of the centenarians is that they keep moving. Of course, every day and each 30-minute segment of walking is important to all areas of the body. If a day is missed, many parts and systems are being neglected. They are all worthwhile reasons to engage in exercise.

This is multi-tasking at its most productive. Just 30 minutes each day can accomplish all of this for the entire body. Who would not want to give the gift of health to themselves for such a small investment in time? This is awesome and more than one could ever dream. It’s easy to see what’s missing when you’re missing in action.

Don’t miss this daily opportunity. Take action by thinking, planning, and moving your way to better health and a healthier future.

Santa, as seen in the photo above, will be in action on Christmas Eve from Navy Pier all through Chicago and all over the world.

*FYI: Here are some quotes by more experts: “The evidence is fairly solid that people who are more physically active are at a lower risk for cognitive decline and dementia,” says Constantine Lyketsos, director of the division of geriatric psychiatry and neuropsychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Ben Hurley, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland at College Park states, “The one thing that seems to deteriorate quickest with inactivity is insulin sensitivity. Fortunately, it also responds most consistently when you exercise. Experts say that exercise makes the cells better at taking in glucose and processing it.”

“The evidence is fairly clear now that men and women who are physically active have a 30-40% lower risk of colon cancer compared to individuals who are not active,” says Harvard’s I-Min Lee, who examined dozens of studies.

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