REASON, RHYTHM, RHYME
What are the benefits of pursuing a balanced physical and cardiovascular exercise regime?
First, It is necessary to identify the many problems that an unbalanced regime or inactive lifestyle can bring about. Issues such as obesity, heart problems, musculoskeletal problems, mental disorders, self-esteem issues, low energy levels, and even low sex drive are all possibilities that correlate directly with different levels of physical activity.
Exercise is vital for overall health, as it encourages a balance between physical health, mental health, as well as spiritual health—all essential for a fulfilling life.
In respect to a physical standpoint, exercise is vital in maintaining an order between the rate of consumption and metabolism. Without exercise—depending on a diet—we risk becoming overweight, or even obese, (already a common issue in the US, and certainly becoming more of an issue in European countries). Obesity is directly linked to health problems such as: Diabetes, high cholesterol, raised blood pressure, and even cancers.
A 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention labeled the obesity rate at 39.8% in the US.
A 2014 Report by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases listed the rate of either overweight and/or obese people to be at 70.2%.
The cardiovascular viewpoint on exercise is incontestable. Aerobic exercise is arguably the best natural way to strengthen and grow the heart muscle, improve blood circulation, and lower cholesterol. The most practical exercises to work the heart are walking, jogging, running, swimming, some resistance training, or even jumping jacks.
Motion is lotion, for the joints!
A common expression throughout the medical field is "If you don’t use it, you lose it." This is very true in regards to muscle/skeletal health. Inactivity for extended periods of time leads to injury and increased "wear and tear" when muscles and joints are called into action. The best type of exercise for maintaining a musculoskeletal balance is stretching, balance & flexibility training or an exercise regime in water. Water lifts much of the weight of our body and gravity relieving stress on our joints.
From a mental health standpoint, exercise is one of the most approachable solutions to finding a healthy balance. Finding a regime that fits into your lifestyle is key. For example, a 30-minute walk, jog, or run 3-4 times a week, is enough to see a difference in energy levels, mood, and drive. Other beneficial forms of exercise for balancing a mental state are yoga, Pilates, dance classes, or any other forms of exercise that may feel therapeutic.
Spiritual Health is a subjective standpoint. Howevever, a balanced mind cannot exist without a balanced body. Find your reason to exercise, establish your rhythm, and enjoy your rhyme!