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Exercise for Economic Times

Linda Stultz
Certified Fitness Trainer

Even in these trying times, exercise is so important. We all have added stress brought on by concerns of money, job stability, family responsibilities and our future. Taking care of ourselves will enable us to face the times ahead with energy and good health. Every health program and article tells us to take care of ourselves first so we can take care of our loved ones. This advice is so true but very seldom taken. Today several people are placed in the middle of caring for our children and for our aging parents. The days are filled with work, cooking, cleaning, lawn care and health care, not leaving much time for exercise. What most people forget is how beneficial exercise is. Caretakers will tell you, you must take care of yourself in order to be able to take care of others. People don't realize how much of a toll caring for others takes on you. Taking just 30 minutes, three times a week will add energy and release stress in your life.

Exercise can be done in the privacy of your own home or with a group of people. Decide if you are the type of person that needs encouragement from others or if you prefer to use a DVD in your own house. Once you know which way will work for you, make an appointment with yourself three or more days a week. You will see in a short time that you feel better and how important it is to take time for yourself.

Not sure what exercises to start with? Walking is usually a safe way to start. A brisk walk will get your body pumping and is a way to start slowly to prevent injury. Tapes and DVDs are available so you can walk right in your house. Protection from cold weather is important if you are not used to being outside in the cold air. Checking with your doctor is always advisable before starting any exercise program. Anyone with current health problems should definitely consider talking to their medical professional about what type of exercise would be best for them. Our body has a way of healing itself if we give it a chance and a little help.

Please take care of yourself as well as your loved ones. Maybe you can make exercise a family event. It will not only help you feel better, but may bring you closer together with family or friends.

Remember - Keep Moving. You'll be glad you did!

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