In the last post, I talked about setting your home fitness goals. In this post I’m going to talk some more about the importance of physical fitness and consulting a health care professional.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to bring down blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis and improve your overall health is good physical fitness and regular exercise. Yet, in a world where almost every essential task can be performed online, from the driver’s seat, or with an app, exercising and being physically fit can be hard to fit in.
In reality, everyone should exercise, yet research shows that only a small percentage of adults get the recommended thirty minutes of daily physical activity a day with the majority remaining virtually inactive.
Inactivity is thought to be one of the main reasons for the increase of type 2 diabetes, because inactivity and obesity promote insulin resistance and other factors that trigger a number of life-altering diseases.
Good news though! It’s never too late to get moving, and exercise is one of the easiest ways to take control over your own fitness and prevent the onset of illness or disease. With all the symptoms associated with menopause and the increased risk for conditions such as heart disease, consider that exercise and physical fitness can help reduce risk, promote weight loss and improve your mental wellbeing.
The first order of business with any exercise plan, especially if it’s been a long time since you did any physical activity, is to consult with your doctor. I repeat this because if you have any health issues, your doctor might have a say in what is a safe level of exercise for you.
Certain complications of some diseases will also dictate what type of exercise program you can begin. Activities like weightlifting, jogging, or high-impact aerobics can possibly pose a risk for people with diabetic retinopathy because of the risk for further blood vessel damage and possible retinal detachment.
High impact activity such as running may not be suitable if you have joint pain or problems with any weight bearing joints.
If you have any type of peripheral neuropathy that causes moderate to severe nerve pain you should avoid foot-intensive weight-bearing exercises such as long-distance walking, jogging, or step aerobics (that’s still a thing, right??) and opt instead for low-impact activities like swimming, cycling, and rowing.
If you have conditions that make exercise and physical fitness a challenge, your doctor may refer you to an exercise physiologist who can design a fitness programme for your specific needs.
Physical fitness and exercise doesn’t have to be difficult. A healthy routine can be as simple as a brisk nightly walk round the block with your dog, or taking the stairs instead of the lift. The important thing is that you keep moving. Remember exercise is cumulative and every little bit adds up.
Make sure you look for the next post soon. I’ll be talking about the benefits of reading a good fitness blog.