everything they say about exercise is true
I was going to add this to the get fit part 10 but didn't want someone to miss it who might benefit from this.
Here's some background. I'm almost 49 - never been a fitness fanatic - I've never really liked exercising but I force myself to do it sometimes. Plus I am an above knee amputee so there are some limits in what I can do and how I do it. However I'm pretty health conscious, eat reasonably well, not overweight, and sometimes I've been more frequent about exercising (weights, exercise bike) but for the last few years I've really only exercised 1-2 x per week. There have been years when I really worked alot of hours and just had no energy left to exercise - though that hasn't been the case in the last year or so.
Anyway, I'm always feeling negligent about this as I have a family history of heart disease, I've at times verged on high cholesterol (which is helped by exercise) and DH is very into exercise, etc. But I still haven't really made it a priority.
Well, over the last two years I now find my blood pressure is borderline high. I guess that was the final wakeup call. It is like I have had a brain transplant and have now become this health and exercise zealot. I've now been working out 4-6 times a week. When I left the doctor's office my goal was 4x a week but as things have evolved I find myself not wanting to miss a day.
I've been riding the bike for 40 mins at target heart rate and I got one of those stability balls which I run through a 40 minute routine on. I don't always do both things every day and sometimes I take one day off completely. But my goal is never to go more than one day in a row without doing anything.
Now after doing this for not quite two months I'm finding everything they said is true. Exercise increases your energy, helps you sleep better, decreases your appetite, improves your shape, helps you maintain your weight, etc. I have only lost a few pounds but I can now wear pants that didn't fit before on the old torso that had started to sag and bulge.
Anyway, I just wanted to post this as an encouragement to others who are thinking they should start exercising. If I can do this anyone can and it really does pay off.