How Exercise Can Save Your Life!2survive
So, there’s no doubt that exercise is good for you. It can add muscle, strengthen your heart, alleviate depression, lower cholesterol, burn fat, lower your risk of cancer, make ya sexy and the list goes on. Most of the impacts mentioned above can help save your life in a sense (although sexiness has never been shown to save lives.) However, exercising can also put you at a major advantage if one of the most unthinkable and most unfortunate medical events occur; cancer.
This is because your physical conditioning at the time of sickness or illness can play a vital role in how fast or if you recover. Doctors often state how a patient’s physical condition at the time of diagnosis can greatly impact the patient’s prognosis.
Developing Your Plan
Having said that, this does not mean you have to jump into some killer workout that leaves you feeling totally blitzed. Instead, define your fitness goals and develop a plan. After designing your fitness plan that is suited for your needs, slowly ease into your workout.
There are plenty of resources online to help you find a workout and diet plan (see bottom of article) that is right for you. There are also personal trainers and dieticians ready to help you get going. So if you need help, ask for it!
Some Fitness Tips:
- Record your starting weight, measurements, resting heart rate and blood pressure
- Define your goals
- Work at your own pace
- Allow yourself time to recover
- Be consistent
- Get plenty of rest
- Always know what your next meal will be and where it’s coming from
Choose the Right Workout
You will want to focus both on maintaining and/or building muscle and on maintaining a healthy heart through cardiovascular exercise. So basically you will want to have a weight lifting routine accompanied by a cardio routine; running or walking on the treadmill, using the exercise bike, walking outside, hiking, etc. You will however want to choose the right workout for you!
There is a common misconception that people have about weights. Many people think that lifting weights will only lead to bulky muscle, this is not the case. The type of workout you engage in, your diet and your genetics all determine the type of muscle you build. So again, decide what your goals are as you develop your workout.
In general, low reps and a high protein diet with more servings of complex carbohydrates add bulky muscle while high reps and a high protein diet with fewer complex carbohydrates add leaner muscle. The amount of cardiovascular exercise can also play into how your muscle tone develops.
Make sure you are consistent with your workout plan! This is a huge reason why many people fail and never see results; because they are not consistent! Also, many people never get started working out and getting in shape because they think they have to spend sooo much time in the gym. The reality is however that a 1-hour workout 3 to 4 times per week can give you amazing results!
Eat the Right Foods
Your diet will depend on your fitness goals; are you trying to get leaner or pack on some muscle? In both instances you will want to eat small frequent meals to keep the metabolism moving along. Diet is key whether you are bulking up or trying to get leaner!
As you are working out and eating right, you are taking the steps necessary to not only keep yourself healthy, but to also keep yourself strong in case your body ever came under the attack of an illness. The stronger you are going in, the better chance you’ll have!
And how do I know this? Well, from my own personal experience. After having Hodgkin’s 4 times and multiple infections, I’ve seemed to bounce back rather quickly based on only one thing I can think of, and that’s because I have been working out and exercising since the age 15. My doctor’s have alluded to this fact over and over. Think of famous athletes like Lance Armstrong and others who have bounced back because of their strength (and determination.)
I hope you will take the time to develop your fitness and diet plan! Get strong people!