Professor Henry FraserArchitecural Historian / Heritage Consultant
Chairman, Sentinel Committee, Barbados National Trust
Writer, TV Presenter, National Orator & Motivational Speaker
Professor Emertius, Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology.
Immediate Past Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences.
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.


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-it improves body shape, body image and self esteem – you feel better about yourself…

… and the list goes on!

And then some of the short term benefits:
-it makes you feel good
-it improves depression
-it gets you out and can improve your social life, family life and relationships - its been shown that couples who exercise together tend to stay together (and I don’t mean just bedroom exercise, although other kinds of exercise improve bedroom performance!)

The “feel good” effect comes from the production of endorphins in the brain - chemicals that act like a “pleasure drug” to give us that great “on-top-of-the-world” feeling during and after vigorous exercise. People who don’t get this feeling usually just aren’t doing their stuff vigorously enough! One man I know said “Doc, when I run five or ten miles I feel as if I’m having one lovely long orgasm”.

How much?

So how much exercise should we do? How much makes a difference to our health? Just increasing routine activity makes a difference - parking your car further away, getting off the bus further from home, using the steps instead of the lift … just getting up from your desk more often! Benefits can be seen in some people with just half an hour a day for three days a week, the “classic” prescription for years, but this won’t do much for weight loss! (It’s only equal to about one hamburger in calories!) To really lose weight needs much more effort, for example an hour a day, most days of the week. So a good guide might be at least 30 - 40 minutes every day, or one hour of more vigorous exercise five times a week, with a couple of rest days in between. After all there are 168 hours in a week - can’t we spare just 5 or 6 hours a week, when the profits are so great?

God gave each of us the greatest of all works of art - so let’s take good care of it!

What kind of exercise?

There must be some exercise we like other than “running our mouth”, chasing pipe dreams and jumping to conclusions! Try walking, dancing, jogging, cycling, skipping, aerobics, “working out” with weights, volleyball, gardening (but be careful, you have to be fit for vigorous gardening). Best of all, join a gym and get a personal trainer, or work out with a partner, because resistance exercises, with weights, have enormous benefits (no pun intended). Or at least buy some dumbells. Or do some push ups. It gladdens my heart the number of people and patients I’ve persuaded to start doing push ups again! (Push-ups deserve a whole column!) Or swim. If you can’t swim, contact the wonderful swimming teachers at the gymnasium pool - because swimming is perhaps the best exercise of all.

Of course walking is great and good for keeping company with friends or partners. And it’s great fun to get a pedometer, which clips on your belt, and tells you how far you’re walking. Wear it all day, and target four miles every day. As my Jamaican friends say “Walk good!”

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Written by Henry Fraser & Ronnie Huges.
Available at all book leading book stores in Barbados.

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Written by Sir George Alleyne and edited by Henry Fraser.
Available at the UWI Bookshop the publishers.

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Written by Henry Fraser and Bob Kiss.
Available at all leading book stores.

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Written by Sean Carrington, Henry Fraser, John Gilmore and Addington Forde.
Available at Days Bookstore Barbados and

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