Why Exercise Is Cool – Quality of Life and Independence

By | January 15, 2014

Why Exercise Is Cool – Quality of Life and Independence!

Have you ever considered why exercise is cool or do you tell yourself that you don’t enjoy it? Today I want to share why exercise is cool and how exercise improves quality of life and independence!  A few days ago I wrote about the health benefits of exercise if you want to get a refresher!

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Here is what I mean.  Exercise has been a part of the human experience since the beginning of time.  As hunter and gatherers exercise was a part of survival.  Squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, walking, jogging and full out running were a part of everyday life if these people wanted to survive.  Today as humans in our modern, hectic life we must do the same basic movement patterns for our survival however because of our lack of practice or daily exercise in these natural movements life has become a challenge for many.  We are living in a time of Diseases of aging, weight issues, health issues, lack of energy, stiff, painful bodies that are not allowing us to live life the way it was meant to be lived.

Below are some examples of how we perform these basics movements in modern time:

Squat – Each time we sit or go to the washroom we squat.  Now I have seen first hand what happens, how challenging life is when this very simple activity can not be performed!  Quality of life is reduced. Independence for that individual is no longer.

Lunge – When a person is not able to lunge a fall can happen resulting in broken bones, mostly hips. Now I know you are thinking falling is for old people.  Not true today.    The lunge is also a big movement in sports.

Push – We push each time we are in the grocery store, push a baby stroller for example.  What happens if someone stops quickly in front of your cart  in the store or hit a bump with the stroller.  Injury can be the result.

Pull – We pull in many household activities in again in sports. The vacuum, the stroller for example.

Bending – Bending is a everyday event.  Picking up the kids, the groceries, packages. You name it we bend to do it.  If bending is not done properly again injury can happen.

Twisting – Twisting is a part of many other movements and if we are not able to incorporate it this is when injury occurs.  It seems that most injuries happen when twisting and bending are combined.

Walking, Jogging, Running – If we lack balance the movements of walking can result in falls which result in injury.  Today we know that less people jog, and even less today would run or sprint.  All of which require balance.  Again so vital for quality of life and independence.

Why exercise is cool example workout!

So how do we practice these movements? By creating a plan, and doing it everyday.  The fitness plan can be as simple as learning these basics movements for example: Do this program for 3 sets, timed 40 seconds, 30 seconds, 20 seconds (explained in video)  Get Shawna’s Female Fat Loss Over 40 Program HERE

  •  Push ups 40 seconds – Spider crawl 30 seconds – Mountain climber 20 seconds
  • Lunge (weak leg first) 40 seconds – Lunge slide 30 seconds – Squat jumps 20 seconds
  • Inverted row ( can use the dining room table) 40 seconds – can include stick ups 30 seconds
  • Burpees 30 seconds, Lateral lunges 20 seconds

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So why exercise is cool is because of our quality of life is improved through daily practice. Independence can be achieved through the practice of these movements on a day to day basis.

This is what I teach my clients.  Exercise is about the immediate benefits discussed in my previous post, better thinking, better digestion, reduced stress, healthier cardiovascular system, better sleep to name a few.

Yet more importantly than those amazing benefits that for most would be enough to develop an exercise plan is the long term benefits of quality of life and independence.

For me this topic is of very personal importance.  I watched my mother at a young age (early 50’s) begin to struggle with all these movements.  As she was not able to do these movements her quality of life and her independence was affected.

This is why exercise is cool for me.  Quality of life and independence.

Your turn!   Do you have a why exercise is cool in your life?  Share your style of exercise that is helping you create a long term plan for quality of life and independence?

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Let today be your day!  Talk soon,

 

 

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  1. Liliana Marsden

    Hi

    I love this post, and it is so true we need exercise for fitness and enjoyment. I, personally, do not believe that exercise has to be for weight loss. I do believe it is an essential part. I truly loved how you explained each movement on our daily lives. Use it or lose it!

    Thanks for your great post
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Thanks for connecting. Great point “essential part” of life. Let me know if I can help

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Congrats and how great to find an activity you enjoy! Let me know if I can help

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  2. Tess

    Yes, it seems like just “living” we can include exercise into our lives. I take advantage of every chore to make it an exercise.
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Definitely including exercise in daily activities is super! Let me know if I can help

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      So glad to hear you have found joy in exercise. I have issues with my back so I can totally appreciate your comments on keeping your back in shape. I have found movement, exercise does the same for me. Thanks for connecting and let me know if I can help

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  3. Lawna

    I recently tried a youtube video. I think I may have done too much because the next day I could barely walk! I think I need to learn to do warmup excercises first!
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  4. Amanda Ripsam

    I love zumba and yoga and when I get better I’m going to work my butt of litterly lol

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Good to hear you have found activities that you enjoy. Let me know if I can help

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  5. Cyndie

    Exercise is cool and it makes you feel better, too. I do mne in the mornings.

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Glad to hear you like exercise, that it makes you feel better and you have a schedule to include it in your day. Let me know if I can help

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  6. Amber Edwards

    I find it so interesting that my grandparents never had to worry about “exercising” because they were so busy living life; doing everyday tasks that kept them fit and active. And now our lives are a lot more sedentary that we actually have to focus on exercising to make up teh difference. I’m not a fan of formal exercise, but I’m ok with doing “work”. Maybe I need to revert to more “olden times” and do manual labor so I don’t have to exercise as much. lol.
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Yes it is interesting how life has changed. I actually really enjoy exercise however when I am up at the cottage, I do more physical work and it feels amazing! Cutting grass, moving logs, gardening out in the fresh air all day! Finding some activity or “work” is a great idea. Let me know if I can help

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Great to hear you have a plan that works for you! That is the most important part of exercise! A plan and taking action on that plan. Let me know if I can help

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  7. Lady Lilith

    Wow. I did not realize all the cool info about exercise. The next time I go out and take a class, I will have a whole new appreciation.
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      That is great to hear that you will have a whole new appreciation for exercise. Thanks for connecting. Let me know if I can help

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Not sure why you say you can’t exercise. Let me know if I can help

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Pilates is a great form of exercise. Great you enjoy and hope you find a good class to participate in.

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      So true that exercise is a fantastic vehicle to rid the body and mind of stress. Let me know if I can help

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  8. Michele

    Although I know intellectually that everything you have written is totally correct–formal exersize and me just don’t seem to get along. I literally have to have a personal trainer which I no longer have the funds for or I end up in Physical therapy!
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Not sure what you mean about being in Physical therapy? If formal exercise is not your thing maybe finding an activity, sport or simply play to get movement happening for you. Thanks for connecting and let me know if I can help

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  9. Teresa McCluskey

    Its cool becuase its going to help me get to my goal weight, live a longer life and be more active in my childrens lives!

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Liking your comment being more active in your childrens lives. That is beautiful. Thanks for connecting and let me know if I can help

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Yeah for squats. Thanks for connecting. Let me know if I can help

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      You make a very good point. We must not be immobile or spend too much time sitting. Every 20 minutes or so we must get up from the desk, chair, couch and move around for a few minutes. Thanks for bringing that to the conversation.

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  10. Ronnie

    I actually enjoy exercising. It took me a while to learn to love it, but once I did, I became an addict. I like the refreshing feeling I have right after.

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Congrats that you have found a way to enjoy exercise. I call it finding your inner athlete! Thanks for connecting and let me know if I can help

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  11. Jennifer Williams

    I work out daily and do many of the things on your list as well as run. As much as I love working out burpees are on my enemy list, lol. Funny how we all have that one thing we will not do. It is so important to stay in shape.
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Awesome to hear you work out daily! Burpees can be a challenge however they are an excellent exercise to include in your program. Thanks for connecting, let me know if I can help.

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Sounds like you simply need a plan for consistent exercise! Simple, effective and enjoyable. Let me know if I can help. Thanks for connecting

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  12. Rosey

    I think you never feel better than after an exuberant workout. Your twist/bend comment made me cringe though…I did get an injury doing a combo of the two years ago, and it’s still something I don’t like remembering. 🙂
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      So true Rosey! Hoping you have recovered from the injury

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  13. Wendy Bottrell Post author

    Yes including exercise as a part of the daily plan is a super idea. Let me know if I can help

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  14. becca

    i can’t do lunges i’ve tried every way possible even holding onto a chair but due to my MS i don’t have the balance to hold myself up is there any other exercise that is as good as a lunge. I do squats and i’m truing to get brave and try burpees but could use some help
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Great to hear you are including squats and willing to consider burpees! Let me know if I can help

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Beautiful to hear! Exercise to clear your mind and release stress! Thanks for sharing your benefits. Let me know if I can help

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Sorry to hear you don’t think exercise is cool! It is for sure necessary for a healthy lifestyle and whether we decide to embrace exercise for enjoyment is totally up to each one of us. Thanks for connecting and let me know if I can help

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  15. amanda @attachedmoms

    I have been trying to do more exercise and other than today it has worked out this year.

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  16. BabsProjects

    I watched the video and those exercises looked doable. No need to get fancy equipment and still it will get your heart racing. I will start incorporating these exercises.
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      For sure the exercise ideas provided are totally doable! Let me know if I can help

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  17. amy

    I know that when I was a little more active and did a bit more exercising, I had a lot more energy. I have slacked the past months – but Need to get back into it.
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Exercise is a habit for sure. The program in this post may be an easy way to get yourself back into the habit of exercise for your wellbeing and increased energy. Let me know if I can help

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      I hope you are healing well. So important to heal well then move back into your Zumba!

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