Exercise As a Happy Medium for Health and Fitness
Fitness: There is a happy medium for exercise for eachindividual. Finding that healthy, but obtainable exercise program, is what this author setout to do.
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Exercise As the Happy Medium for Health and Fitness
By Rob McLean
Fitness: Exercise is a components of fitness. But what kind of exercise, how much, where, when?
The role of fitness in health:
I’m tired. And I feel guilty.
I’m tired because I get so much exercise. I feel guilty because no matter howmuch I exercise, I never feel like it’s enough.
Then I get busy at work and stop going to the gym altogether.
Guess what? All that exercise has definitely increased my appetite. I put on afew pounds before I either get my appetite under control or get back to the gym.
It’s a five or six pound yo-yo around my middle.
On the other hand, my friend Jim is an exercise nut. Sometimes I wonder whenthe guy finds time to go to work, much less see his family.
When he can’t get in his morning jog, he’s miserable. So, despite the fact thathis knees often hurt him, he’s still out there running, pounding that pavement and hisknees.
It’s easy for me to get too little exercise, even though I feel guilty. Andapparently it’s easy for Jim to get so much exercise that it literally hurts him.
What’s a happy medium?
I asked two exercise gurus around town what would be an ideal exercise programfor someone like me. First, they agreed that each exercise program should be geared to anindividual’s needs and his/her attitude toward exercise. Then here’s what they suggestedfor me, an average, healthy, 45 year-old adult:
Life-style exercises include bicycling, climbing stairs, swimming, and briskwalking. These exercises work.
But that is not all they recommended. To facilitate getting those pounds off ofmy middle and to fuel my body correctly, both said I should eat a predominantlyplant-based diet. I was told to indulge in flesh, eggs, or dairy foods (preferably fish)only three times per week maximum.
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