By: June-Ellen Ottoson, Trainer – Fitness Propelled, AFAA Certified
I recently tripped over a dog (my small blond dog who shall remain nameless) and ended up at the bottom of the stairs. I am not new to minor accidents or more serious ones for that matter, but I have always realized that if I were not a physically active person things probably would have turned out for the worse. As I get older and I hear of people falling and breaking bones (well I did break my nose, but my nose doesn’t work, out.. case in point), I am thankful for the time I have spent pushing around some weight, and hiking, and just living an active lifestyle.
It is a proven fact that weight bearing exercises helps to prevent bone loss and muscle loss, all of which we need to help keep ourselves whole if we slip on ice or over a pet, etc. Our reflexes and the way we react to a fall all become second nature when we have been active. We have a quicker response and the body-mind connection to land a certain way or avoid objects. Aside from recovering quicker from musculosketal injuries it also helps with the way your genes function, helping avoid cancer and depression, among other illnesses. “There is no medication or nutritional supplement that even comes close to having all of the effects exercise does”: says David C. Niemann, PhD, author of The Exercise-Health Connection:How to Reduce Your Risk of Disease and Other Illnesses by Making Exercise Your Medicine.
It is never too late to pick up some weights and get our bodies working for us not against us.
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