The activities which constitute vigorous exercise, like beauty are in the eye of the beholder. Jumping rope, playing tennis, bicycling, dancing and rock wall climbing may all be considered as vigorous activity to different individuals. The bottom line is, If you have to stop and breath during the exercise or activity, then it qualifies..
Researchers from the UK, have found that that strenuous exercise will protect men’s hearts. Men who burn just 50 calories a day in activities such as hiking and swimming are 62 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than men who burn nearly seven times as many calories, by playing golf or walking.
I was told by my doctor to walk at least 20 minutes a day, and to do weight bearing exercise several times a week. Now I plan to add swimming, hiking atainablend or aerobics to my weekly routine. This is especially important as a black male, because our risk factors for heart disease is higher than men of other races.
Aerobic exercise is especially beneficial for heart health. The intensity of Step aerobics will help the heart and lungs function better. When we lived on the third floor of an apartment complex, my wife often ran up an down the steps, until she was out of breath. I walked them often but did not believe I could run, therefore I never broke a sweat, was never out of breath and obviously did not get the aerobic benefit.
The bible says in Hosea 4:6 My people perish,(some translations say are destroyed) because of a lack of knowledge. Lack of knowledge regarding heart health, is causing men as well as women, to become sick, disabled and in some cases to die.
Everything we learn, and put into practice, will help us to be more knowledgeable and also improve our health. Vigorous, strenuous, aerobic activities and exercise may seem extreme, and unattainable, especially if you live a sedentary life. The benefits however, will be well worth any discomfort.
There is no need for men to succumb to the statistics surrounding cardiovascular disease. It is not always necessary to be prescribed medications, or have invasive, and often dangerous surgical procedures. It is time for men to take our health seriously and apply the ounce of prevention, which is preferable to the pound of cure.