Excuses are for those who love to put off exercising. These are the ones who are ready with all kinds of reasons right from lack of time to shortage of money. Every time someone gives me busy schedule as an excuse I am bemused and surprised. Of the 24 hours can’t we take off an hour or at least 30 minutes to take care of our body that toils and works to take care of us?
One who wants to get the work done searches for solutions in all directions but one who simply wants to escape from the work looks for excuses everywhere. Exercise is an activity that’s been repeatedly insisted for wellness and health of individuals. The present world has made men and women lazier with its latest technological advances and aids. Right from using a mixer grinder for cooking to a washing machine for washing clothes the intrusion of machines has even surpassed these genres and taken us to a place where we use machines for eliminating body weight and become slimmer. Again, we don’t think about the resulting side effects and also this is not something that can be afforded by many.
Climbing onto Health, Quickening the Pace
So, if you don’t have the time or money to take up resistance training or aerobic activity the best advice for you is to climb the stairs! This is not a statement given out of frustration but one that has a valid proof backing its efficiency. Postmenopausal women are forced to consume supplements in most cases owing to nutrition deficiencies such as calcium and estrogen deficiencies that cause vascular and muscle problems. A new study on these women has proved that climbing stairs not only lowers blood pressure but also builds leg strength in them.
There are no second thoughts that exercise is good for the body but in case of postmenopausal women, it is critical to single out the right exercise forms to achieve desired results without causing further health issues. High-intensity resistance training is good for preventing age-related muscle strength loss in postmenopausal women but sadly, it has the potential to increase blood pressure in those individuals with prehypertension or hypertension. Aerobic exercises come to rescue here but again many women are barred from practicing them owing to unavailability of fitness centers near them (cities are not where women population is greatest as most of them reside in towns and villages that don’t provide much exposure to the female sex), lack of time and money, a sense of embarrassment or shyness and poor weather. Worldwide, women are given secondary preferences and always reminded that they exist a notch below to men. Hence, household chores and taking care of children are primarily done by females which leaves them with little or no time. For such individuals, climbing stairs offers the best advantages of both aerobic and resistance exercises for improving cardiovascular fitness and leg muscle strength in the comfort of their home devoid of any expenditure. Also, climbing stairs offers the benefits of fat loss, improved lipid profiles and reduced risk of osteoporosis. Along with this, if these women stick to a healthy diet plan suiting their body condition and calorie requirements, they can definitely expect a two-fold increase in their health. For getting in touch with reputed dietitians or nutritionists to prepare your diet plan please visit the website www.firsteatright.com.
Another study that focused on the effects of climbing stairs on arterial stiffness and blood pressure of postmenopausal women concluded that this act led to reduction in arterial stiffness and BP and increase in leg strength in stage 2 hypertensive postmenopausal women.
Our health is in our hands. Unless we take good care of our well-being it is difficult to live a peaceful life. Gym or fitness centers are not the start and end of fitness. The upsurge of glamorous fitness hubs and health parks has robbed activities like daily household chores, walking and cycling in open roads and climbing stairs their due respect. Its time that we revive these exercise forms and enjoy the benefits without having to sacrifice our time, money or goals.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.