Story By Cindy Hoskins Black

Photography By Keith Ketchum

It’s New Year’s resolution time, and if you’re not already an exerciser, you should seriously consider  starting a workout routine this year. Whether you are 25 or 75 years old, exercise must be a part of your day for the rest of your life – if you want to live a long and healthy life.

In the United States, 65 percent of all adults are overweight. This epidemic is damaging human health by raising the incidences of heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, colon cancer, arthritis and adult onset diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 300,000 Americans die each year from obesity-related illnesses. If you are one of those 65 percent of adults who is overweight, now is the time to do something about it!

Gaining weight is generally a result of consuming more calories than are burned. In the past weight-loss plans have focused on lowering calorie intake through diet, but today’s evidence shows that exercise is also necessary component of losing weight. Ninety-five percent of Americans who attempt to achieve a healthy body weight by dieting alone fail. Many of those who have failed gain even more weight over the next few years!

Bringing exercise into our daily lives may not be easy but it is absolutely necessary. So where do we begin?

There are three types of exercise you need. You must add muscular endurance and muscular strength exercises along with flexibility training to your weekly workout routines.

Muscular endurance activities include walking, cycling and swimming. If you have trouble with motivation, find an exercise partner who will hold you accountable and make exercise more enjoyable.

The most efficient muscular strength activity is weight training. Remember that proper form and technique in weight training is a must. Weight-training workouts may be structured in many different ways depending on your limitations and goals.

Stretching is needed to maintain the range of motion in our joints and keep them healthy, especially as we age. Basic joint-specific stretches are excellent, or you can try yoga, which has become a very  popular option for maintaining flexibility.

Developing your overall fitness program can be a challenge if you do not have the proper knowledge about exercise. Utilizing an experienced personal trainer will ensure you a balanced and safe start to your lifelong exercise journey. A personal trainer will determine the amount of cardiovascular training and specific weight-bearing exercises that you need to perform to build strength and tone your body. Stretching exercises should also be included to increase flexibility and reduce muscle soreness. More importantly, the trainer will ensure that you perform each exercise safely and effectively.


25 Benefits of exercise

1. Relieve tension and stress

2. Lose weight

3. Increase metabolism

4. Improve muscle tone & strength

5. Helps to relieve insomnia

6. Decrease blood pressure

7. Increase flexibility

8. Improve circulation

9. Increase Hdl “good cholesterol”

10. Decrease ldl “bad cholesterol”

11. Decrease triglycerides

12. Help prevent type ii diabetes

13. Reduce pain

14. Decrease anxiety and depression

15. Decrease back pain

16. Improve immune system

17. Strengthen bones

18. Decrease risk of heart disease

19. Improve balance

20. Increase joint range of motion

21. Increase energy level

22. Social interaction

23. Live longer

24. Lose inches

25. Drive the golf ball longer and straighter!

To see the full list of 50 Benefits of exercise, see .