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Saturday, 10 December 2016

For those of you who don't like to attend a gym, for whatever reason, I have to tell you something.  Some of the best physical activities for your body don't require you to attend a gym at all.  Today, I want to talk about three ways to exercise that you all know well, and I'll tell you about the benefits each has to offer.  They'll all help keep your weight under control, improve your balance and range of motion, strengthen your bones, protect your joints, prevent bladder control problems and even help ward off memory loss.  Hey, that's quite a list, right?  Okay then, take on these three...for thee!

You might call swimming a perfect way to workout. 
Swimming.  I know, cooler weather is here but I'm betting there's a nice indoor, heated public pool somewhere in your town you could take advantage of.  You might call swimming a perfect way to workout.  The buoyancy of water supports your body and takes the strain off painful joints so you can move them more fluidly.  If you have arthritis, swimming is a great exercise because it's less weight-bearing.  Research also shows that swimming can improve your mental state and put you in a better mood.  Water-aerobics is another option to consider.  Maybe your local YMCA offers them.  These classes help you burn calories and tone up.
Walking.  Always an excellent choice for exercise.  It's simple yet powerful.  Walking can help you lose weight, fine-tune your shape, improve cholesterol levels, strengthen bones, keep your blood pressure in check and lift your mood.  Wait, there's more.  Walking also lowers your risk for getting a number of diseases.  (Diabetes and heart disease for example.)  Several studies have shown that a dedicated walking program can improve memory and help you resist age-related memory loss.
The more muscle you have, the more calories you'll burn.  

Strength-training is another form of exercise I talk about a lot.  If you believe it's just for the macho, brawny type of guy or, in some cases women, think again.  Lifting light weights won't bulk up your muscles but it will help keep them strong.  Plus, remember, if you don't use your muscles, they'll lose their strength over time.  Another important point is that muscle helps burn calories.  The more muscle you have, the more calories you'll burn, making it easier to maintain a healthy weight...once you reach your goal.  If you want to try it, start light with just one or two pounds.  You should be able to lift that much weight with relative ease.  After a of couple of weeks, challenge yourself by adding a pound or two and see how you do.  Once you get comfortable with that much weight, increase it again, moving up to a slightly heavier weight.  Feeling strong now?
You don't have to join a gym to get your sweatin' time in.
To go to the gym, or not go to the gym, which shall it be?  See?  There's no excuse for not getting your exercise time in.  And like I'm saying, you don't have to join a gym to get your sweatin' time in.  Want to work to lose that weight and get stronger, too?  Then hey, try these three for thee.  You'll lose weight, feel better and benefit your so many other ways!