Finally, dare I say it, a GORGEOUS morning outside!
"Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let every on know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it."
- James A. Garfield (1831 - 1881)
The site above offers so many great reasons to exercise - hope one of them strikes a chord with you if you haven't started already!
Exercise lowers our heart rate. The heart is a muscle. Regular aerobic exercise strengthens that muscle so that your heart pumps blood more efficiently by pumping more blood with each beat. Since the exercised heart is more efficient, it transfers more oxygen to the body's cells more easily. This in essence can lengthen your life by several years.
Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease. It reduces clotting in the blood, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. Those who do not exercise can run twice the risk of developing heart disease.
Exercise reduces the risk of stroke, lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps regulate the digestive system.
Exercise promotes strong and healthy bones. It increases circulation and flow of nutrients to the bones, reducing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
Exercise leads to a stronger circulatory system and lungs, better skin tone and helps keep skin more elastic.
Exercise increases the body's metabolism. (The rate at which the body burns calories)and it increase muscle which helps burn fat thus making it essential to healthy weight loss and maintenance.
Exercise controls blood sugar and cholesterol. Physical activity helps maintain the body's glucose levels, important especially for diabetics or those at risk for diabetes. It also increases the ratio of good cholesterol (HDL) to bad cholesterol (LDL) and also lowers triglycerides.
Exercise helps with pain tolerance and makes for easier pregnancy and childbirth. - By increasing the level of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers, exercise can help alleviate pain, such as PMS symptoms and menstrual cramps. The deep breathing during exercise brings more oxygen to the blood, which relaxes the uterus.
Exercise controls physical and emotional stress and improves your intellectual capacity. Not only does exercise reduce physical and emotional stress, but it can also alleviate bouts of anxiety or depression. It also increases your productivity by helping to clear your head so you can approach your work refreshed and able to concentrate.
Exercise promotes flexibility and reduces backaches. Stretching exercises help elongate muscles, thus promoting flexibility and also reducing backaches.
Exercise promotes a younger and healthier body and prolongs independence for the older person. We spend way too much money every year trying to maintain a healthy and younger body when simple regular physical activity can also slow the aging process.
Exercise strengthens immune system and regulates your body's waste system. We are less likely to get sick or constipated when we exercise regularly. Daily activity relieves constipation by increasing intestinal activity and curbs bloating by increasing perspiration.
Exercise improves your sleep and gives you more energy. Since your muscles are less tense, you relax more easily at night. You fall asleep more quickly, sleep more soundly, and awake more refreshed and energized.
Exercise leads to better health and gives us an overall sense of well being. Daily activity allows us to be happier and more upbeat. It boosts our self-confidence by improving our strength, stamina, flexibility, appearance, and our sense of self-control.
Ginger Tomato Soup
1 (14 1/2 oz) can Italian-style tomatoes, coarsely chopped, not drained (or use fresh - 'tis the season!)
1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 red or yellow bell pepper, seeded, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/2 cup orange juice
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups chicken broth or bouillon
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 orange, cut in thin slices
In slow cooker, combine all ingredients except orange slices.
Cover and cook on low 7 to 8 hours. Puree in blender or food processor fitted with metal blade. Serve in individual bowls. Garnish each with orange slice. Makes 5 servings.
Have a fantastic day!