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Importance Of Exercise

Exercise while dieting is not only needed, but a smart thing to do for your body in general. Increased physical activity, along with healthy eating habits can help you:

  • Raise endorphin levels which will make you feel good overall.
  • Speed up your metabolism.
  • Slow down the aging process.
  • Is an effective tool against depression.
  • Lower your blood pressure.
  • Improve your immune system.
  • Increase your energy in everyday activities.
  • Improve self esteem.
  • Contribute to overall good health, especially your heart health

I recommend both cardio and strength building exercise. Examples of cardio exercise include walking, jogging, biking, swimming, and any other repetitious activity that can be performed over an extended period of time. Cardiovascular exercise has numerous benefits that include a decreased blood pressure, increased HDL (good) cholesterol, decreased LDL (bad) cholesterol, decreased body fat, decreased glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (this increases blood flow to active muscles), increased heart and lung function and efficiency, and decreased anxiety, tension, and depression. For strength building exercise there is nothing more convenient, beneficial, or as affordable as a set of good adjustable dumbbells. I prefer the “Power Blocks” because they are not only nested and easily adjustable; but, they also have a square profile which prevents them from rolling in a moving truck.

Exercise Plans

Choosing an exercise plan should not only make sense, but it should also be fun, realistic and something that does not take up a great deal of time. Whether you are a truck driver, homemaker or even an office worker; the plans I will present here should be a helpful guide. I discussed cardio already which should be performed 3-4 times a week or more. Here are some very-efficient strength building plans:

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Randy Pollak is not, nor does he claim to be, a doctor, a nutritionist, nor a dietitian.  The only safe diet or fitness plan is the one you discuss with your personal physician. The information on this web site is not intended to be a substitute for individual medical advice in diagnosing or treating a health problem. 
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