- Do you struggle with finding an exercise programme that meets your needs and is easy to follow?
- Are you someone who finds it difficult to get up and out and exercising on a daily basis?
- Have you countless stories to tell about how many times you have started and failed in your bid to get fit?
- For some reason no matter how hard we try, exercise can be the biggest challenge in our lives.
What if I told you that perhaps we have this whole exercise thing all wrong? What if I said that there are two ways to exercise and both do not need result in gym membership or pained experiences? In this article I look at why we need to exercise and how we can easily get our exercise in each day.
My Take on the Easiest Form of Exercise for Great Results
When you think of exercising what are the first thoughts that come into your head? Do you immediately go to images of super fit men and women in super sporty gear with sweat dripping from their face? You may even say, ‘I don’t exercise’. So let me ask you –
- Do you walk up the stairs in your house?
- How many times do you do this daily?
- Do you bend down to pick something up in your day?
- Do you walk around shops?
We engage in many forms of activity through our day. I call it our normal day to day exercise. Those of you who have step counters know that without even trying you could be rocking up thousands of steps.
Exercise is Essential for Healthy Cells
Regardless of what we think about exercising, the old saying you lose what you don’t use really does apply to the cells, muscles and joints of our physical body. We have some 50 trillion cells all originating from our first ever cell that was formed when we were conceived. All these 50 billion cells have basically the same structure, except for slight differences which allows them to be part of a physical system or muscle.
I remember the day I learnt that every cell is basically the same and so the cells in our kidneys are just as smart as the cells in our brain. The brain being a problem solving tool and the kidneys being an organ of cleansing and detox (to name just a few of its jobs). Regardless of what their jobs are, each of our cells and the systems they create rely on us making the right choices for their health and wellness.
Timed Exercise is Just One of the Daily Choices we Need to Make for our Wellness
Exercise is just one of the choices we need to make. Yes, we need to exercise for our lymph to get pumped round our body. We need to exercise to keep our cells and muscles toned and alert and most active. There are many times in our day that we are gifted opportunities to exercise. For example the ordinary walking times, where we probably hop in the car and just get there and back quickly. But that walk could have offered the body some vital exercise time.
I heard someone say recently that one of the differences in the older and younger generations is that the older generations exercise all the time when they are able and the younger generations see exercise as 20-40 minutes a few times a week, possibly in a gym. The older generations thought nothing of walking to Church, or the shops daily to get the odd bits and pieces. Today, that’s a ‘car job’! Imagine walking to the shops and carrying home the groceries! Perish the thoughts! Right!
Exercise literally saves our lives but it doesn’t have to be strenuous at all. Walking around the town, walking around your estate. Even just walking around your garden is good. Get up from your desk or chair often through your day. The time for resting your body is at night when you are in bed.
Keep Children Active – All The Time
If you have children get them up and active, doing jobs, running errands, setting the table, making their bed. There is exercise in all these jobs. Yes, there is also a need for some concentrated exercise, but not that much if you are active in your day.
I don’t remember being inside much as a child. We were wrapped up and sent out the door to play, and did we play. I have memories of always being active through just pain simple play times, like; climbing trees, making bicycle courses, racing, running, swimming, hide and seek… There was no soccer clubs or GAA clubs. HAs organised sports removed the idea that movement is exercise?
This is where we are loosing out when it comes to exercising. Vacuuming the house is a great form of exercising. Walking or running up and down the stairs through your day, really works your leg muscles. How you sit in the chair can also be very helpful as we tense and relax our muscles.
Rebounding – Makes Exercise Easy Again
Rebounding is something I was introduced to when I was training in Kinesiology back in 2005. When I say it is an amazing form of exercise for pretty much everyone, I am not joking. Rebounding has some pretty amazing benefits like it is 68% more effective than running on a treadmill.
Some other benefits of rebounding are:
- Improved Bone Mineral Density (using DXA scans)
- Improved Lymphatic Drainage
- Improved Bladder Control
- Better Sleep
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Improved Muscle Tone
Rebounding may well be that exercise system that ticks all the boxes. In 1980 NASA published the results of
Other Aspects Of Our Wellness To Look At
Perhaps we also need to look at our diet. Exercise is about keeping our cells in their best condition and pumping lymph around our body. Diet provides the nourishment and food for these cells. Eating the wrong foods will put our cells under stress. Think of it this way. When we eat good nutritious foods our body will work at its best. When we don’t eat good food and we eat processed sugary foods, our body will not work well, even in the attempts it makes to break this food down. If you are struggling with being over weight, have you ever though that perhaps your weight is more to do with our diet and hormone levels than it is your exercise regime. But that is for the another article!
I hope you decide to get yourself a rebounder and get rebounding for your wellness as soon as you can. Remember it doesn’t have to be a hard slog exercise programme, it can be something that begins with just one minute and builds up. I would say this is the only way women and men over 40 should rebound. If you would like to know more about the Rebound For Wellness way of rebounding – click this link. You can also link to live videos on my Facebook page.