Right after the holidays, anyone out of shape will want to become physically fit. The fitness equipment companies are already advertising sales to get everyone ready. The gyms love January as people want to start getting into shape for the spring and warm weather. What they also enjoy is that many people sign up, pay the fees, and then discontinue within two months. Being physically fit is important as you not only develop toned muscles but it improves your mood. A new study is suggesting that aerobic exercise changes the microbes in our stomachs. That is a very important factor to good health. Anyone who decides to commit to become physically fit and do regular work-outs, will automatically raise their heart rate and improve their overall health. Not only that being physically fit wards off diseases, helps us to breathe easier and avoid future cognitive decline. A recent study in the ‘Medicine & Science in Sports Exercise’ journal chose thirty-two lean and obese women who basically had been inactive prior to the study. The women were required to exercise three days a week for a six week period. They could cycle, walk, run on a treadmill or use an elliptical machine starting out at thirty minutes and by the end one hour. The women could choose any machine on any workout day but the majority chose the treadmill. At the end of the study they went back to their former lifestyle for another six weeks. What was clear in this study was that the lean women’s concentrate of a healthy gut increase tremendously while the obese women only moderately. They did this test at the conclusion of the study. The important factor of becoming physically fit is that it helps reduce our stress and increases oxygen to our brains. Even for depressed individuals, walking for ten days for thirty minutes helped reduce their overall negative and sad feelings. Anyone over fifty who wishes to remain healthy should consider combining a variety forms of exercise including yoga and dancing. In the Good Gus series being physically fit was easy as it was a different time and they lacked technology. Producing their food was key to good health. The series is available on Kindle worldwide and books one and two on You Tube at Mae’s Story Time. As you contemplate becoming physically fit, remember when you need that reading break “Misplaced Trust” is available on line at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.