Disclaimer: Consult with your physician before starting any exercising program. If you are very ill your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist.
There are many benefits to exercise done in moderation:
- It can contribute to a greater sense of well being and an increase in energy.
- It can strengthen immune functions.
- It can improve circulation.
- It can aid digestion by stimulating the internal organs.
- It can help the body to eliminate toxins through sweating.
- It can stimulate the lymphatic system’s circulation.
- It can reduce stress and improve the quality of sleep.
- AND it can help you live longer and healthier.
There are two forms of exercise that I recommend. The first is Aerobic which will improve circulation. This can be in the form of fast walking, jogging, bicycling, etc. And the other is stretching in the form of Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, etc. A few minutes of Aerobics followed by a few minutes of stretching several times a week will do wonders for your mood and energy level.
If you feel tired the day after you exercise you may have over done it. If you feel better for having exercised then it was just right. There will be days when you will not want to exercise as much, so just listen to your body. See how it feels that day. However don’t mistake inertia for lack of energy. “A body in motion tends to stay in motion, a body that’s stagnant tends to say stagnant.” It requires some determination to get going sometimes, but your effort will be rewarded.
If you are in good health then you may also do resistance or weight training in addition to your aerobics and stretching. This can increase your muscle tone and mass, which can be just what you need to improve your self-image. Keep in mind that this kind of exercise temporarily breaks down muscle tissue so your body will need a lot of rest and good nutrition to recuperate between sessions.