I was asked this past week by someone, “Why should I exercise? I hate it, I don’t care if I am overweight, and I just don’t want to do it.” This is a no-brainer, so let me get on my soapbox.
I realize that exercising is not the favorite thing for MOST people in the world to do. I myself had much rather sit by the pool and eat than go out and sweat and get sore, but I like the results, so I pay the price.
No matter what your shape or size, being active: • Makes you feel better. • Helps you asleep. • Gives you more energy. • Helps you think better and faster. • Helps you handle stress. • Makes you healthy.
• Helps you live longer.
The more active you are, the better your heart. You are less likely to get many of the diseases that can shorten your life, including coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, Type-2 diabetes, and some cancers.
If you already have any of these problems, staying active may help you to have better control over them, feel better, and live longer.
Being fit includes keeping your muscles, bones, and joints as active and healthy as possible. Lifting weights, stretching, and doing cardiovascular exercise are all part of being fit.
When you exercise regularly, your body burns more calories even when you are resting. Being active may also lower your percentage of body fat and increase muscle strength and tone.
The best part for me is the increased quality of life. I enjoy doing things for long periods of time such as playing with my children, walking, and working.
As a parent I want to protect my children, as I know you all do. Why stop at just teaching them how to look both ways crossing the street, be wary of strangers, how to swim, and generally just keeping them away from things that could danger them? You should also teach them how to lead a healthy lifestyle and be a role model for them.
So…..for the person who asked me “Why should I exercise?” – If this doesn’t answer your question and make you change your mind….nothing will.
Lynn Pass is owner of The Gym in Oneonta. She holds a
bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance from
Auburn University and personal training and aerobic certifications
in ACE, AFFA, and ACSM.
Anthony Mostella, a 2006 graduate of Oneonta High School, died Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash in St. Clair County.
Mostella, who was the 2005 3A Back of the Year at Oneonta, was killed when his motorcycle left the road and struck a guardrail on county road 26 between Ragland and Ashville. According to St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell, Mostella was wearing a helmet.
During his senior year at Oneonta, Mostella rushed for 2055 yards and accounted for 42 touchdowns for an Oneonta team that finished 12-1 and lost 20-13 at T.R. Miller in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
After graduating from Oneonta, Mostella signed with Army and later played at Birmingham Southern for two years before following Panther head coach Joey Jones to the University of South Alabama, where the Jaguars were starting their program.
At South Alabama last season, Mostella rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns and was credited with seven tackles on special teams. He was voted a team captain by his teammates at the end of the 2009 season.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony’s family right now,” said Jones. “I’ve been fortunate to have worked with Anthony at two schools, he was the epitome of a true student-athlete and a tremendous role model to his peers. His character and leadership skills will always be an example for everyone in our program to follow.”
Funeral arrangements are still pending.