These days we have lots of things going against us. This blog is evidence of that. We started this blog to help spread the message of health (real health) by trying to eliminate all the junk and noise out there that is keeping our world sick. We focus on the right foods to eat, decreasing stress, sleeping better, living in the moment, and moving our bodies. I personally am rediscovering just how important that last one is. The moving our bodies part. See, I tend to have the food down, at least 80-90% of the time. I mean I would hope that I do considering I am a Dietitian. Moving regularly often presents as more of a challenge! I’ll speak for just myself, but I sit the majority of the time at work either on the computer or charting. I then come home and sit even more at my computer to blog and do other projects. To relax I am typically sitting watching tv, reading a book, or playing games on my phone. I know I am not alone. This is the world we live in. It did not used to be this way. People used to move because they had to or they would not have survived. We are very pampered these days. Just throw in some convenience food and these are the things going against us.
I say all that to say that we are seriously missing out on the amazing benefits of exercise by choosing (yes, it is a choice) to remain still. WE HAVE TO MOVE!
Why Exercise is Good For Us:
- Exercise fights off health conditions and diseases. Regular movement aids in preventing heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, depression, cancer, arthritis, and falls.
- Exercise controls weight. Along with proper diet of course.
- Exercise improves mood. No seriously, it is better than drugs. It works to change brain chemistry by boosting feel good hormones and reduces stress.
- Exercise boosts energy. Who these days does not need more energy? We all do. Regular movement improves muscle strength and boosts endurance. These are things our bodies need to complete tasks on a daily basis.
- Exercise promotes better sleep. We love sleep around here so we love this benefit. Daily movement helps you fall asleep faster and deepens your sleep.
- Exercise boosts your sex life. It helps give you more energy and enhances the sex drive.
- Exercise aids in living longer. Just simply walking 30 minutes for 5 days a week has been shown to reduce mortality by 50%.
Tips for Getting Started
For many of us getting started is the hardest part. I have found that once I do it just gets easier and easier. If you struggle with knowing where to start maybe you need to just start by re-reading this post to help you re-train your brain to the idea of exercise. Remember all those health benefits above? Remember too that exercise does not have to be miserable. You can move and even play without it feeling like a chore or seriously stressing your body out. Aim for shorter workouts that might be more intense. Then its over and done with. How bout just get out and go on a walk, throw a football, or garden. To stay motivated maybe invest in a workout partner or join a class at your local gym. Never forget to try different things. From there you will learn what YOU love and can stick with it.
Do Not Live by Your Feelings
If I listen only to my feelings I will never exercise. My feelings will always tell me that “I’m too tired” or “I’m too busy now.” If I instead commit to living by a principle of caring for my body then regardless of my feelings I can usually pull through because I know it is worth it in the end. There are decades of research showing us that exercise is essential. We all know people who are active that are living longer and fuller lives. We also know that people who never move and end up in wheelchairs. We know that 2+2= 4. We know that exercise brings health. This principle we need to remember. When I was doing P90X faithfully a few years ago, Tony Horton always said “Just Keep Pushing Play” and “Do What You Can.” If that was all I could do in the moment it is what kept me going. Find out what will keep you going and do it .
You Have the Time
If you have 15 minutes then you have the time. Let’s all rid our hearts and minds of this excuse. 15 minute options can include lots of things: walking, pushups, sun salutations, burpees, squats, lunges… you name it. For those of you who need more structure I love this fitness diagram by Mark Sisson. If you follow his plan I’m sure you will have the time and see awesome healthy results!
We hope that this can help motivate you in the right direction. If you are currently keeping up a consistent workout plan then great job! If you need to start then simply start somewhere! Movement is health!
Do you struggle with any of the things mentioned above? If so, please share!