EXERCISE! Your health prescription. (Video link)

Friday, September 28, 2012

I sent this email to my family and friends:

I had my yearly check-up yesterday and got to visit with my doctor for quite a while. He’s a runner. Self-admitted running addict. He’s about my age! (I'm 64 this October) He runs every day. Every single day.

He had plantar fasciitis, went to a podiatrist who told him he had to stop running for 4 – 6 weeks. He said Sure. The podiatrist looked at him and said “You aren’t going to stop running, are you?” No, he didn’t stop. He said after about 2 YEARS, the pain just went away. So you can see he’s definitely addicted, lol.

He’s 6’ and weighs 165. Works at it hard and finds it hard to stick with 2000 cal. Per day, but does it. He said he practices portion control and counts every calorie. Still has 1 scoop of Bluebell ice cream every night, measured carefully. (He says Doctors are people too, meaning not perfect, lol.)

The point of all this about my doctor is he’s dedicated to being healthy and to exercise and weight control. He told me to watch this video:

By then, he knew what I was trying to do to stay healthy, was really interested in my swimming and my recumbent bike. His best friend had a hip replacement and goes on long bike rides for exercise because the bike is good for hip problems.

This video is 9 minutes long, NOT boring, very well presented, with tons of info in a short time. You know most of it already because you already believe in exercise. The interesting part is, to improve your heart health, do 20 min. of exercise 5 days a week. To really, really improve your heart health a lot, do 30 min. of exercise 5 days a week. If you do more than 30 min. a day, 5 days a week, you begin to lose health benefits. Breaking the 30 min into 3 ten minute sessions, works just as well. Which helps me a lot because if I go too long at it, it bothers my hip.

Also, he told me that if I can sit still for a few minutes and get my blood pressure down to a good reading, I’m ok. If you really have BP problems, you can’t get it down, no matter how still you sit.

If I sit down, and take a long, slow, deep breath IN and a long, slow, deep breath of equal length/time OUT, 5 times, my BP is about 117/80. If I just plop down and take my BP it is sometimes in the high 130’s. Try the breathing for yourself. Then you also do that breathing during the day, whenever you think about it and have a minute to spare. Eventually it becomes a reflex that keeps you from elevating your BP during stressful conversations, lol. (Mothers, husbands, kids, nosey neighbors...)

If I take the right supplements for vascular health, CoQ10, etc., and get to the point of that crucial 30 mins of exercise every day, my BP won’t spike so high when I move around. So that is my new prescription.

I know you already exercise. The interesting part here is lots more is not always better. And on days when you don’t have time to even go to the bathroom, you can get 10 minutes in here and there.

In the video it states research with a group of people who needed a stint in their heart. Half the group got the stint. Half the group followed the exercise prescription. At the end of a year, the exercise group had FEWER heart issues/events than the group that got the stint. What a deal!

Striving for excellent health and to be BETTER THAN BEFORE!

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  • CHERYLL1949
    I liked this! Thanks emoticon
    1973 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    great blog
    1974 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Another wonderful blog, Karen! Thanks as always...I am saving this one for future reference! Gaye
    1975 days ago
    The video was helpful. I liked the doctor.
    1975 days ago
  • JUDY1676
    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!
    1976 days ago
    I liked this video and your blog. Great information. Thank you for sharing it.
    1976 days ago
    Sounds like you have a very good doctor.
    1976 days ago
  • BIBS4664
    Thanks for sharing. It was great!!
    1976 days ago
    I watched the video. You're right; it's not boring.

    It is also very compelling. For years, although I occasionally got an exercise kick for a few weeks or even a few months, and, once, for a whole year, I mostly steadfastly resisted exercise, because, I often don't like to do it. In fact, I was actually somewhat proud that I was able to lose 60 pounds with mostly dietary changes and very little exercise.

    However, as I lost weight and became more conscious of the benefits of weight loss, I realized that I was not reaping the additional benefits of exercise. And, as I eased into peri-menopause, maintaining the weight loss (which I am mostly, but not totally, doing) became more difficult.

    I have added 30+ minutes exercise 3x per week. And, I've thought about doing some alternate exercise 3 additional days per week, but, haven't yet. However, thinking about it is the first step.

    Thanks for getting me thinking!

    ~ Faith
    1976 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    Great Blog & Video. Thanks for sharing. I, too, do the 10 minutes at a time and get through the day with the pursed lip breathing method recommended by my respiratory therapist. emoticon
    1976 days ago
    That was EXCELLENT! Thanks!
    1976 days ago
    Thank you, very nice blog.
    What you said about lots more of exercise not necessarily being helpful reminded me of this article, it was posted in one of the team forums last week:

    1976 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/28/2012 8:52:22 AM
    Interesting about the 30 minute exercise threshold. I walk 60 minutes, 5 days a week for the calorie burn as well as health benefits. Sounds like you have a good Doctor!
    1976 days ago
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