Exercise– for Body and Spirit

After your body becomes accustomed to daily aerobic exercise, it doesn’t feel as good without it.  With aerobic exercise, you are rewarded while in the process with a huge emotional boost from endorphines.  The word “aerobic” is related to oxygen.  While swimming, running, biking, team sports, and dancing, your muscles elevate your heart and respiration rates.  Your heart becomes stronger and is able to work more efficiently. This efficiency of heart function exists both while you’re exercising as well as when you’re not — your heart won’t need to beat as fast and will circulate your blood more easily throughout your body as it delivers oxygen and other nutrients to your organs. Aerobic exercise can reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Aerobic exercise also regulates your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  I swim for forty-five glorious minutes almost every day.  If I don’t, my shoulders hurt.  Below is my new bathing suit for spring, given to me by my husband. What is your favorite form of aerobic exercise?


11 thoughts on “Exercise– for Body and Spirit

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Of course you do, Wade. I study this stuff for a living. Aerobic exercise reduces anxiety. You mentioned running hard–after 20 minutes in duration, anxiety levels can be measured (in a variety of ways) and drop significantly. I’m a fiend when it comes to needing aerobic exercise.

  2. Reba Studebaker

    Me, too! I used to have an exercise bike in front of my flat screen, but now it’s an elliptical! I have the NordicTrack which is very quiet.

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Reba, I’m glad it’s quiet. Since we live next door, I wouldn’t want to hear gears meshing like an old sputtering tractor.

  4. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Ohmy, I saw that happen on a treadmill once at a gym. That roller thingie was going faster than the woman could move.

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