Daily Exercise: New Kind of Life Insurance
According to new science, there are benefits to daily exercise. Science has discovered that when people exercise their muscles daily, they still have some benefits 10 years later – even if they quit exercising…
There’s a famous quote:
“What you do today builds tomorrow’s health or disease.”
Okay, maybe not so famous because I thought it up just now. I’m sure somebody already said something like that. You don’t need to write it on your wall, but you might like to consider its meaning as you tackle every day of life.
This philosophy applies to simple things such as having a super-nutrition drink to provide your body today, the nutrients it will use tomorrow to maintain optimal cellular health – collagens, greens, keto-powders, magnesium bisglycinate, organic beet powder, structured water, mushroom powders, and more —there’s a whole shebang of superfoods to top off the daily discretions and indiscretions.
Like insurance, you invest dollars today with the expectation of great reward later.
- Q. How do you tell a health-nut?
- A. By all the half-used canisters of powders and concoctions that clutter up the pantry, cabinet, and shelves.
Going To Seed.
I once knew a body-builder guy. Massive muscles, thick head, heart of gold, maybe a little self-absorbed with his physique. (Maybe you know the type.) He got in a bind. If he did not exercise every day to maintain one muscle or another, the unused muscles quickly turned into flab. He became a prisoner to his own physique.
Like an astronaut floating in the space station, his muscles could evaporate in the blink of a yellow traffic light. “Well, Officer, maybe that yellow light was just a wee bit stale, but I’m sure I cleared the intersection before the red light came on.”
When came over to watch the Superbowl, instead of bringing beer and chips, he brought 25-lb dumbbell weights. Nobody wanted to eat them, but he got his guns all boss swole and then got jacked on a shake.
Seems he’d reached a point of buffness that required continual maintenance (and bespoke shirts for a neck wider than his head. Over time, he switched his pump-iron-regimen over to a more well-rounded regimen of martial arts and got off the daily pump in lieu of stretching and cardio stamina.
According to new science, he did have some silent benefits for being an exercise aficionado. Science discovered that when people exercise their muscles today, they still have some benefits 10 years later – even if they quit exercising, became sedentary, and go to seed.
This is a huge dividend for your commitment today.
Even better, it’s the small and moderate daily exercise, if done regularly that pay that huge dividend.
The study1 examined blood pressure, glucose utilization, insulin levels – important aspects of metabolic syndrome. It found that even tiny bits of exercise can build future health. This is why it’s important to get up off the duff every half hour and move around for a couple of minutes.
Yeah, it’s a bit quirky to do that, but hey, if it keeps your brain sharp and smart and your heart healthy, and your body mobile, then let’s keep the juices flowing for health, life, libido, and longevity.
Now, Science assures us that that the enjoyable stroll around the block is like insurance that pays you back in good health years later. Even better if you actually exercise.
A 28-minute stretch session today, pays you back for years to come. Taking the stairs today, means you have the privilege of taking the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty with the grandkids, years from now.
QUIRKYHEALTHTIPS. Exactly like investing in life insurance today with the expectation of reward later–either in cash value or taking care of a loved one—today’s simple exercises create a future life with a steel-trap mind and mobile body. You know that you’ll need both!
So up your game. Do it frequently. With age 80 being the new 60, and 60 being the new 40, one can’t help but think that maybe all the teenagers could … just kidding. Here’s the big question for you: Will you invest in your nutritional and mobility insurance policies today? The payoff is a quality of life that enhances every minute of every day … later down the road.
What will you do today? An exercise regimen for 30-minutes? A stroll around the block? A few miles on the hike and bike trail? Today, you can do it with the knowledge that you are using your amazing body to build a better future for yourself and those you love.
- Johnson, J, L.; et al. “Ten-Year Legacy Effects of Three Eight-Month Exercise Training Programs on Cardiometabolic Health Parameters.” Frontiers in Physiology. 16 Apr 2019.