Honoring God with our Bodies
Exercise Can Improve Health and Increase Personal Development Results
Alright, to be honest, exercising is not one of my favorite things to do. In fact, it falls somewhere between housework and visiting the dentist - so it is low on my list of preferred activities!
However, there can be no doubt that there are great benefits to incorporating exercise as part of our healthy living routine. Not only will our physical bodies benefit, our emotional health is served as well.
Exercise releases neurotransmitters and endorphins that can improve mood, decrease anxiety and even reduce depression.
We can also achieve greater personal development as a result of exercise. This is because energy levels often increase with regular exercise - making it possible to get more done on a daily basis.
Maybe its time YOU work exercise into your daily routine? We can help you along the way.
Consult your health care provider before beginning an exercise routine particularly if you have a pre-existing condition. Work closely with your doctor, physical therapist or a personal trainer to develop a program best suited for your needs.
Here are some benefits of adding exercise to our healthy living routine. We know that exercise boosts immunity and improves overall stamina. It can serve to prevent diseases such as diabetes, high-blood pressure, and osteoporosis. It can minimize the severity of PMS symptoms and shorten the length of a cold. It can reduce symptoms of both physical and emotional health conditions. Exercise often triggers weight loss, which can increase self confidence. It improves both bone and muscle health. Finally, it serves as a form of stress management and/or stress reduction.
Where Do I Begin?
Okay, so maybe you are sold on the idea that exercise really is good for you. Now you are armed with some powerful truth that inspires you to take action. But where do you start?
Remember, if you have a medical condition, it is wise to consult your doctor for guidance. For most of us, however, it is merely a matter of creating a new routine.
Here are 7 practical tips to help you on your exercise journey:
1. Determine your fitness level: Don't start off with a plan to run a marathon when walking around the block leaves you winded. Choose appropriate and realistic activities. You can always build up to more demanding ones.
2. Develop a plan: remember, a goal without a plan is just a dream. It is important that you write down and commit to your goal. You may want to include the location, time, type of activity and any needed supplies.
3. Learn: If an activity is new to you, be willing to ask questions from a qualified instructor or read books, etc. Discover what you need to know to exercise both safely and effectively.
4. Be flexible and creative: Many people quit an exercise routine because they rely too much on only one form of activity. Remember, unless you have health restrictions, you should look for ways to incorporate a variety of forms of exercise: cardio, strength, endurance and relaxation.
5. Be accountable: You are far more likely to follow through with your personal commitment when you know someone is going to check in with you. Better yet, find a partner to join you in your program!
6. Do it: Ah, now comes the hard part. All your planning needs to lead to action. You simply must get up and get going! Trust me, it does get easier once you start.
7. Evaluate and adjust: It's okay to start a new activity and decide you don't like it. Simply replace it with a different one. After time, you may need to "kick it up a notch" in order to build your desired results. Or, you may find one activity more appealing over another depending on the time of year.
Above all, keep your exercise routine fresh and fun. You will be far more likely to stick with it!