Is Exercise Really Healthy For You?

by DavalosMcCormack on April 24, 2009

The other day, I fell while lifting weights and balancing on a bosu ball.  Balancing has always been a little bit of a problem for me.  I have trouble balancing my checkbook, work and leisure, family and business, tree poses in yoga, well, you get the picture.  Balancing has never been my forte.  If I take it slow and concentrate I can do a pretty good squat, stand, and lift weights.  It almost becomes an isometric exercise because it is so slow and there is so much concentration.

But yesterday I lost my balance or maybe it ran away.  First of all, I wasn’t wearing my cutest outfit, so I really didn’t want to call attention to myself.  But then it happened.Friends, it wasn’t pretty.  My shoes stuck to the bottom of the Bosu ball on which I was balancing, the 15 pound weights which I was holding in each hand suddenly increased their mass and became attention-getters as they crashed to the floor, via one of my legs.

If you saw me falling you would have turned away out of  respect to my ungraceful dismount – or should that be disgraceful unmount! Either way, there was a crash and I scraped my shin as the 15 lb. free weight fell to the floor.

You know how when you fall over you feel a little silly and try to act as if nothing happened? Well, that’s what I did, I tried to speed up time and deny physics and scramble to my feet as everything were just fine, completely normal. That’s me!  However, it wasn’t long before someone came over and asked, “Are you all right?”…”No “,  I said, “Actually, I’m all wrong!”

Well, my shin blew up with a bump the size of a goose egg, actually come to think of it it was closer to an ostrich egg. I mean, kids, it looked like an amazing new knee on the side of my right shin.

It was then, I started thinking.  Is exercise really all that healthy for you?

It turns out I’m not the only one assessing the health advantages of exercise.  The New York Times blog-Well, wrote about this same subject and here’s what they found.  While exercise does boost  your mood the health benefits might be overblown.

Here’s what we do know: moderate exercise can reduce risk of diabetes and heart disease, not to mention breast and colon cancer.  The jury is mixed on whether it helps people fighting osteoporosis and while it has been shown to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol it’s clearly not the only factor.

So what the heck am I doing on the Bosu ball with weights and a big fat goose egg on my shin?  Hmmmm? Well, it turns out that exercise isn’t the entire answer but it is an important indicator of health.

People who exercise are usually not couch potatoes, and because they are not sedentary they are more active, less likely to smoke and more likely to watch what they eat.

And get this, active people are more engaged with friends and life in general, more educated and live longer.

So when it comes right down to it  I’ll still do some exercise – even balance exercises – and try to balance it with friends, good food, and fun.

But in future I think I’m going to do my balancing act on terra firma from now on and forget about the damn bosu ball.

Or I could just ask Kevin to spot me. That way if I do fall he will be there to catch me. Or at the very least to pick me up!

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