For people who suffer from a chronic disease, exercise can decrease discomfort, improve daily functioning, and enhance overall quality of life. The key is to find something you enjoy doing and do it regularly.
The possibilities are endless - walking or jogging in nature, fishing, rowing, riding a bike, playing golf, dancing, swimming, going on a photo safari. The choice is yours. The most important thing is that you find something that you enjoy doing and a place that is comfortable for you to do it in.
Types of Exercise
There are three basic categories of exercise:
Aerobic exercise — exercises that raise your heart rate through repetitive movement of large muscles groups. The two types of aerobic exercise are:
- Weightbearing — your muscles work against the force of gravity. Examples: jogging, walking, dancing.
- Non-weightbearing — the force of gravity does not play a major role. Examples: biking, swimming, rowing.
Strength training exercise — exercises that increase the power, tone, and efficiency of individual muscles by contracting isolated muscles against resistance. For example: lifting weights. The increase in heart rate is short-lived compared to aerobic exercise.
Stretching — Exercises that improve or maintain the flexibility of your muscles. Good flexibility is important to keeping a full range of motion and decreasing your chances of injury. Ideally, you should stretch after each exercise session.
Regular physical activity has been shown to improve survival rates for many types of cancer. Just walking briskly for 30 minutes, six times a week, dramatically reduces the chances of a relapse after breast cancer treatment, for example.
Rebounding is a great low impact exercise that promotes better health in many ways. It is easy on the body, inexpensive and can be done in you home at your convenience.
"Rebounding offers an exercise that can be adjusted to your fitness level, is easy on your joints and back, and can be done in your home at your convenience. Bouncing on a mini-trampoline may not be your idea of a strenuous aerobic exercise and it may not strike you as having significant health benefits, but, in fact, both are the case. Rebounding, as this form of safe, gentle, no-impact exercise is commonly called, burns more calories than jogging. Trampoline bouncing also can strengthen your heart, improve your circulation, stimulate the flow in your lymphatic system, help slow the effects of aging, revitalize vision, reduce stress, and benefit children with learning disabilities and cystic fibrosis."
The above excerpt comes from an article on Healingdaily.com The benefits listed are just a few of the many that this simple exercise offers. And what I like best is that you can do it in quick bursts. Anytime I have a spare 15 minutes I can pull out my mini-trampoline and go. No gym memberships, no bulky home gym equipment, no travel time. Just what my lifestyle can handle!