Saturday, January 29, 2011


Greetings in the Name of our Newborn Messiah! In January, many of us consider developing
NewYear’s Resolutions. Whether we write them out, or just think about them, most of us can’t
resist the opportunities for new beginnings. This month, I want to share some thoughts with you on the Benefit of Exercise. What are the benefits of exercise? When we exercise, we reward ourselves with the following physical benefits:

*Lowered blood pressure
*Improved heart function and circulation
*Increased HDL-cholesterol (the good type)
*Improved muscle strength and less fatigue
*Less indigestion
*Improved intellectual capacity
*Delayed osteoporosis
*Lowered body weight and body fat percentage.

When we exercise, we also treat ourselves with the following psychological benefits:

*Enhanced sense of well-being
*Reduced stress
*Greater sense of accomplishment
*Reduced unhealthy stress related behaviors (various addictions)
*Improved sleep
*Reduced appetite

It can be difficult to make exercise a daily habit. In order to stay motivated you may want to: 1)exercise with a friend 2)buy new clothes or shoes for working out 3)exercise outside when possible 4)vary your exercise routine, or 5)pray for strength to live a healthy lifestyle. If I can be of any help to you with exercise or health concerns, please contact me, or one of the Parish Nurses. We would be happy to work with you.

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