Would you like to be in this man's shoes in the hospital facing a long list of complications?
Or would you like to be like this lovely couple, enjoying every moment of life?
Okay, I know that was cheesy, but my point is this: If you want a high quality of life in your later years, then you need to develop the right habits in your younger years and stick to them. I'm talking to everyone here, because everyone has later years ahead of them. It is a fact that most people who have good exercise habits in their later years developed them in their younger years and stuck to them.
In my schooling in the nursing program and in my job at the hospital, I have seen so many people in their 50's on their death beds with all sorts of health problems. If I were to interview each of them, I would be surprised if any of them could tell me that they have kept up a consistent, and well balanced exercise program for most of their lives.
So how can you ensure that you will still be out with your spouse and friends traveling the world, going golfing, shopping, skiing, etc.. when you hit your later years? Keep reading...
Just because I like you, I am going to tell you the secret. I would like to reveal to you what the fountain of youth is. Are you ready? RUNNING!!!
Do you have any idea just what running can do for you and your health? Well strap yourself down, cause your about to find out...
- It lowers LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and triglyceride levels, and raises HDL (high-density lipoprotein) levels. Basically, it makes you less fat, sign me up please.
- It lowers blood pressure and insulin resistance (which will help keep you from developing type 2 diabetes)
- Greatly reduces the risk of congestive heart disease and failure
- Increase's your libido
- It helps lower stress, which does wonders for you and your body. Exercise is one of the top ways recommended by professionals to relieve stress.
- It is a major anxiety reducer. Anxiety is often treated with medication, but many people choose to try exercise before resorting to prescription drugs. Running has an antidepressant effect on runners, reducing anxiety and increasing serotonin levels.
- Runner's high!!! Running releases endorphins that make you feel good. Running can give you a feeling of happiness that lasts for hours.
- Major confidence booster! You may notice that your clothes fit better and that your body is tighter.
- It helps you reach goals. Finishing long runs or reaching goals builds confidence and helps you get used to success. Once you've reached the ultimate goal of finishing that race, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment you can't get from anywhere else.
- Improves your Memory. Running can help your mind stay as sharp as your body. Running improves your ability to retain information as well as to perform problem-solving tasks.
- It will help you decrease feelings of fatigue. It will make you feel more energetic. Being tired is one of the top reasons people choose to skip a run. This is a mistake, as running will actually have the opposite effect.
- It helps you develop positive relationships. Runners who run with another person or in a group often make new friends and develop strong relationships with other runners which is very important for your long term health believe it or not. People live longer if they have strong social ties with others. People who run in groups help each other work out problems as well as reach physical goals.
- It helps maintain the elasticity of the arteries which lowers your blood pressure. As a person runs, his or her arteries expand and contract more than usual, keeping the arteries elastic and the blood pressure low.
- It helps maximize the lungs’ potential, as it keeps them strong and powerful. While deep breaths force the lungs to use more tissue, the 50% of normally unused lung potential is utilized.
- It helps slow down the aging process.
- It reduces the risk of stroke and breast cancer
Okay, I just need to put an end to this list so you can go on with your day, but the list truly is endless. These were just some of my favorite. When I think of what running can do for you, I always think of my 70 year old human anatomy teacher that used to come to school during the summer in his 5" long shorts and teach us like he was in his 20's.
He ran in many races, he ran to school a lot, and he even offered a certain amount of extra credit to students according to how much they could beat his time in a race that they would run in with him. This guy was as sharp as a tack and could probably have beaten me up. I want to be just like him when I get his age.
So lets all start the wonderful habit of running consistently, because I want to go skiing and hiking with you when I'm 90, not to your funeral.
There truly is a time when running transforms from a painful and dreaded torture into a wonderful and rewarding experience.
Running is not about who can run the furthest and the fastest. It is a place where we can escape our problems and enter into a world where we are invincible!!!