Did you know that on any given day, only 5% of the US adult population exercise? We are not talking about training for a triathlon; we are talking about any form of moderate exertion. Not surprisingly, by 2015 it is estimated that 75% of Americans will be overweight, with 40% of us being classified as obese. We are damaging our future through poor lifestyle choices.
How can any healthcare system work in such an environment? How can you fully enjoy your life as a man if you are not physically fit enough to take full advantage of it?
Not preaching. Not lecturing. Just saying.
We encourage you to make healthy lifestyle choices, which include improving your fitness level by incorporating some form of exercise into your daily life. But the choice is yours alone. But before you decide, just so you know, when you exercise, the payoff is pretty spectacular:
- Improved endurance
- Increased energy
- Increased strength
- Improved immune system function
- Increased regeneration of healthy cells
- Improved muscle tone
- Reduced stress level
- Improved sleep
- Improved mental clarity
- Improved mood and outlook
- Reduced body fat
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower resting heart rate
- Improved self-esteem
- Increased engagement with life
- More fun!
In addition, through exercise you flood your body with “feel-good” chemicals such as dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin and adrenaline, which then remain elevated in your blood stream for up to 24 hours. Not a bad deal, eh? We are not suggesting that you begin to train for a marathon or triathlon, although Mr. Happy will be happy to sponsor you if you do! (OK, maybe “sponsor” is a bit strong; we are thinking a free t-shirt or two.)
Instead, assess where you are today in terms of fitness and build from there. Find some form of exercise that you enjoy and do it. Daily.
Sedentary? Then start with a daily 15-20 minute walk. Anything and everything will help. The key is to get started. Today. In coming weeks, we will share with you some more thoughts on how you might want to construct a sensible exercise program, one that is appropriate for your age, health, and interests.
But do not wait for us. Instead, get started and get moving right now since every day is an opportunity for you to improve your energy, strengthen your immune system, and ramp up your health and quality of life.
There is a connection between fitness and happiness, so why not make that connection in your life? And get more Rooster in your life.
All the Best,