Super Dok

Trustworthy, Credible, and Timely Health Information

Some Stuff

Some MORE Stuff

Why many drop-out from exercise
Saturday, October 18, 2008

Not all people are averse to exercise. In fact most try to start but fail to continue, even if they try different kinds. They are overly zealous at the start, only to drop out after a few days. When asked, they simply give lots of reasons in justification for dropping out, such as they are too busy it cannot fit in their schedule, it is not safe anymore where they used to jog, the gym is too far from where they live,etc. etc. etc. But the reason may be far deeper.

Exercising is the key to healthy life. If you can give it at least ten to fifteen minutes everyday then you are doing something great for your body. It is the cheapest means to a long life if coupled with a healthy diet.

I have been exercising ever since I graduated from medical school, stopping only during illness, pregnancy, and puerperium. I regularly do it four to six times a week, forty-five minutes to an hour. It is not easy. There are days that I feel so lazy to start but I push myself to do it. The benefits it can give my body is enough reason to make me move.

To start with, do not set long-time goals. Give yourself only three weeks to a month of regular exercise. Once you have seen the changes in your body, I am very sure that you will continue for the rest of your life. You don't want to ever go back to your previously bad shape.

Do something that you will surely enjoy. This way you will have no reason to stop. It can be dancing, swimming, biking, or aerobics.

Do it on your free time while watching the news or your favorite soap. A few minutes wont hurt your schedule.

As your progress, you can stretch the time to a few more minutes thus challenging your body even more. If possible, add other variations. Weight-lifting is best for the elderly.

Vary your routine daily. Doing the same kind of exercise everyday makes your body adapt. Thus, your weight plateaus and no changes will be noted.

It doesn't hurt to try. Please give yourself a chance.

photo credit here

Labels: ,

posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 9:31 AM   3 comments
No Exercise with Wii
Saturday, July 26, 2008

Many people think that playing with Nintendo's Wii active games console will give a good exercise and will lessen the risk for obesity. That is why parents buy the unit not only for the kids but for the entire family as well. Since kids love playing with computer games, they eagerly do the different games with Wii - boxing, bowling, tennis, racing, etc. And they can do it inside the comfort of their homes, together with the rest of the family.

Though there is nothing wrong with such games, research study from Liverpool John Moores University, England, recently shows that energy expenditure from such games is very trivial to be able to contribute to weight management that will lead away from obesity. This only means that there is no substitute to doing active sports like jogging, aerobics, swimming, biking and the like.

Some parents reason out that more and more children become obese nowadays because there is no more room for them to play actively compared to olden times when, there were more open spaces like vacant lots, public parks, backyards, where kids can run and play. These spaces have now been replaced by big buildings and structures thus limiting their activity. Well, that is very true but there are still options.

We all know that nobody is safe anymore to bike along the streets, or in the sidewalks. That is why we have stationary bikes, of different models, depending on the purpose that we want to use them. They are very convenient as we can use them while watching TV, or just binding with the kids, while inside our homes. The treadmill, manual or electricity driven, is another alternative which will allow you to burn fat adequately, providing high energy expenditure, also in the comfort of your own homes. And there are still more alternatives to choose from. It all depends on your preference.

Some people are lucky enough to still have the privilege to go out of their homes and do the sport itself. This is a lot better and there is no substitute for it. If you're one of them, then go out now and start your regular exercise.

Photo credit here

Labels: ,

posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 9:21 AM   0 comments
Exercise, the Best Medicine?
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Somebody gave me an old copy of Newsweek (April 2007)while waiting for my Clinical Anatomy class to start the other day. What caught my attention was an article regarding exercise boosting our brain functioning. We've known for years that exercise makes the body stronger, strengthens our immune response, and helps in the prevention of many diseases, most especially cardiovascular disease. It also is an important factor for diabetic individuals. But it is my first time to read something associating it with brainpower.

It was actually a study done on kids (3rd to 5th graders) in the University of Illinois. In this study the kids undertook a statewide standardized test on Math and Reading after they were subjected to classic Physical Exercise routines. And the result showed that the fit ones performed better. Although the result of this study is not yet definitive enough, I see nothing wrong if we advocate this not only to kids but to everybody in general. This is the reason why teachers in that area of the world are pushing on making PE class a daily routine (at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise) for kids.

In another study, researchers found out that individuals who undergone a three- month aerobic workout regimen resulted in a faster and more efficient brain functioning. They noted increase in growth of new neurons particularly those in the area controlling learning and memory. So, I think this will lessen memory gap and the forgetfulness we encounter as we age if we only subject ourselves to exercise for life. Yes, it should be for life and not just within a few months. The moment we stop exercising, the new nerve cells will shrink again and will not function as well anymore. And its not just any kind exercise. They recommend aerobic cardiovascular exercise.

The paper says that the effects of exercise are long-lasting to brains that are still developing. It also says that on studies, it has been shown that the risk of developing Alzheimer's are less to those individuals who exercise regularly. How wonderful. Is exercise then the best medicine? I think it is. We only need to discipline ourselves to do it regularly.

Labels: , ,

posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 5:18 PM   0 comments
About Me

Name: Amelyn R. Rafael,MD
Home: San Fabian, Pangasinan, Philippines
About Me: Family Physician, and Associate Professor (Clinical Anatomy and Medical Physiology)
See my complete profile
Previous Post
Powered by

Health & Medicine - Top Blogs Philippines

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

Subscribe to Super Dok

Add to Google Reader or Homepage

Subscribe in NewsGator Online

Add to Plusmo

Subscribe in Rojo

Powered by FeedBurner


Copyright © 2006-2008 Amelyn R. Rafael,MD, All rights reserved.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.5 License.