Exercise Daily, Stay Fit

[May 5, 2022]  Strength.  The value of human physical strength is universally accepted.  We respect those who are stronger than us, especially those who can harness their strength to protect themselves and safeguard others.   There is only one method to achieve physical prowess, and that is through proper diet and exercise.

There is no substitute, no magic pill, no diet, no alternative; to build your strength takes time and discipline.  And while it is not easy building strength, it is something we can all do if we put our minds to it.  We must overcome the most challenging realization that proper diet and exercise take time.  That is why it should be included in your daily schedule.  Exercise every day.  There is no excuse; even when you do not feel well, there is always some exercise you can do to strengthen your muscles.

The notion that physical activity helps keep us healthy is very old.  More than 1,500 years ago, Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about the dangers of too little activity (and too much food).  We hear that exercise has many benefits.  That is true.  The proper exercise helps control weight, combats cardiovascular disease, improves mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep, and puts a peep in your step.

What is crucial to understand is that our cognitive functions decline, starting at about age 25.  There is a linear downward trend after that.  Moderate exercise, both aerobic and anaerobic, combats that decline significantly.  Those who have built a good foundation throughout their life with exercise and diet will perform better throughout their lifetime.  It’s never too late to start.  Begin with the most basic and add to that foundation daily.

We are, however, human and are by nature adverse to toil and trouble. And, we are prone to see exercise and proper diet as an unnecessary or potentially harmful behavior that is not worth the effort to undertake.  At the very least, we view it as too hard, disruptive, and inconvenient.  That viewpoint is mistaken.  We have limited control over our physical and emotional health, and it is up to each of us – an obligation – to take heart in the proper maintenance of our personal health.

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26 thoughts on “Exercise Daily, Stay Fit

  1. American Girl

    I agree, work out, stay in shape. Oh, and be sure to tell your mother you love her. It’s Mothers Day!!!!! ❤

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  2. DocJeff

    I work out almost every day. And, when I don’t exercise for two days in a row, I feel terrible. Shows that the body wants exercise. Plus, you are ready for whatever comes your way.

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    1. Doc Blackshear

      Keeps us going. This is very old information but too many folks want a shortcut. They think they can get away with not working out for just one more day. Wrong. Exercise daily. Period. No substitute. Get on with it. Take that first step. I know, I’m a bit of an expert on it.

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  3. Boy Sue

    Don’t you just love this website. Practical advice everyday and insights into the human mind and soul. But you can’t do it unless you are physically and mentally capable. Exercise helps you get there. Thank you Gen. Satterfield for another targeted article on what we all must have to be full humans.

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  4. Cat A Miss

    “We respect those who are stronger than us, especially those who can harness their strength to protect themselves and safeguard others. ” best quote of the article. Respect is most of it, shows that we value strength. Good thing. Weakness means you are a LOSER.

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    1. Georgie B.

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      1. Marx and Groucho

        Strength matters! Weakness matters if you are a lunatic.

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  5. MrJohn22

    Of all human traits, being strong is at the top of the list, always! Weakness is never good. Yet, I find that our society rewards “victimhood” in other words the weak, stupid, and crazy. While punishing the strong who are those who keep things running properly. Just my thinking.

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  6. Frank Graham

    It improves your IQ
    It improves your mood
    It improves your looks
    It improves your sex drive
    It improves your immune system
    It protects you from heart disease
    It improves your circulatory system
    … and much more!

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    1. Darryl Satterly

      — keeps you young, “Real-Life Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity” Real-Life Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity
      Pretty fine article to read.

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      1. Dead Pool Guy

        Thanks Darryl for the research. Yes, fine article.

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  7. Colleen Ramirez

    Being fit means that you are able to push the limits of your body and not face any serious consequences as a result. This means that you can run long distances, lift heavy weights, go for brisk walks and do all the other things that place your body under stress. This is achieved by subjecting your body to that stress repeatedly until that becomes an almost ‘normal’ state for it and you have to place it under more stress in order to get the same challenge – this might be achieved through running increasingly long distances, lifting weights, trekking at high altitudes or a range of other activities.

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    1. Willie Strumburger

      Yep, the basics, and don’t forget the mental fitness benefits too.

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  8. Harry Donner

    Physically and Emotionally FIT. Otherwise, you are out of balance.

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  10. Forrest Gump

    Goood one but I think most of us are just too lazy. With youth we have health that we don’t have to work at. Then we get old and now we’re screwed. Stupid us as stupid we do.

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