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Exercise as a Natural Remedy for Health

There was a time when most of us didn't have to worry about exercise because the everyday chores we did provided all the exercise we needed. Modern appliances and machinery changed all that and now, if we don't get enough exercise naturally, we have to specifically work at it.

For some people, that's where the problem lies. “Exercise is boring,” one woman moaned. “It wouldn't be so bad if I liked what I was doing but walking is just boring.” I then told her about my father who takes his camera along on his walks and turns these pictures into greeting cards. There's something for everyone in the area of exercise if we'll just look for it.

Then again, we need to look further than entertainment value. We need to exercise to be healthy. Have you ever noticed how eager someone who's had a heart attack is to start exercising once they're strong enough? They want to make sure it doesn't happen again. Yet if we can get excited enough or even disciplined enough to begin with, exercise may help prevent some of these ills. The heart is a muscle and as exercise tones our calf muscles and enables them to work harder, so exercise helps our heart do its work as well. Exercise strengthens our lungs too. Have you ever been out of breath after walking up a flight of stairs and thought to yourself, boy am I out of shape!

If you can find something you enjoy about exercise, it may help motivate you to exercise regularly. If you can't however, try to develop the self-discipline to do it anyway. Your heart, lungs and the rest of your body will thank you.