If you are willing to incorporate exercise into your tight schedule, you have taken the first step towards boosting your life with daily exercise. Research has indicated that even 15 minutes of exercise per day can help ease depression, relieve stress and enhance one’s self image.
Exercise is meant to make you happy; it doesn’t mean you have to be a gym junkie, just get up, get moving and get the blood and juices flowing. Do this every day and you begin to feel a lot healthier and much happier – guaranteed!
Benefits of Exercise
Exercise is not only about muscles and aerobics. Whilst exercise will improve your physique and health, it also has even greater benefits for your brain power, mood and overall energy.
Eases Anxiety and Stress
A fifteen minute bike ride will not instantly make your troubles disappear but it is a start. Exercising regularly will help you take control of the anxiety and stress that riddles your life. Aerobic exercise will release hormones that help reduce anxiety and stress, while promoting a sense of well being. If you feel angry or stressed after a particularly annoying day at work do yourself a favour, get on the bike or go for a run and literally just burn it all out of you! It works wonders, trust me.
The same endorphin which makes you feel good about yourself helps you become more mentally sharp and focused on tasks at hand. Your brain will also be stimulated with regular exercise which helps the growth of new brain cells and prevents age related decline.
Lifts Your Mood
Exercise is effective in treating symptoms of mild to moderate depression similar to that of antidepressant medication. Regular exercise releases powerful chemicals into your brain that helps energize your spirit and prevents you from falling into the dumps.
Improves Self Esteem
Regular exercise is like an investment in mind, body and soul. Once exercise becomes a habit it can bring forth a sense of self worth which will make you feel powerful and strong.
If you want to be full of beans and bubbling with energy during the day and enjoy a good, restful night’s sleep at night there is no better tonic than exercise. Begin your exercise routine with a few minutes of aerobics each day and increase your workout as you begin to feel more energized.
Obstacles to Exercise
With exercise offering numerous life changing benefits, what is it that holds people back and makes exercise feel like a chore? Many people view exercise as something only for the athletic and young or for those who have less busy schedules. Perhaps you believe the commonly held myths that exercise is more painful and arduous than it really is. You must first separate fact from fiction if you are to overcome obstacles to exercise.
No Time to Exercise
Research shows that short, low impact intervals of exercise will play a powerful role in supercharging your health. If you take out your dog for a 15 minute walk, your body will benefit greatly.
Exercise is too Painful and Difficult
Consider the powerful phrase, “no pain, no gain”. Yeah I know, it’s pretty cheesy stuff, inducing nightmare visions of 80s disco, legwarmers and Mr. T in purple spandex, but retro though the phrase may be, it’s as true today as it ever was.
Current studies have shown that you don’t have to make your exercise routine hurt for it to be effective. Avoid pushing yourself to get results. Build your fitness and strength slowly by swimming, walking, cleaning the house or playing golf.
I’m too Tired
This is a very common reason why people avoid exercise. If you think that working out will make you more worn out, the opposite in fact is true. Studies have indicated that regular exercise makes you feel energized and rejuvenated. It can reduce fatigue to a significant extent.
I’m not Athletic
You may not be the sporty type, fair enough. And you might not have cat-like reflexes when it comes to catching or throwing balls, yeah, ok, but so what? Why should that preclude you from exercising? You can walk surely, right? Ride a bike? Good, get started.
My Health is not Good
It is not too late to start building your physical fitness and strength even if you are a senior. You may have never really exercised before, but exercise is known to treat arthritis, diabetes and other medical conditions. So speak to your doctor about following a safe exercise routine.
The Need to Exercise
If you want to feel better, be less fatigued and live longer look no further than regular exercise. The health benefits derived from regular exercise are hard to ignore. Exercise can help both prevent weight gain and maintain weight loss. When you engage your body in physical activity, you will burn calories. You don’t have to exercise for large chunks of time to reap benefits of weight loss.
If you are worrying about high blood pressure or heart disease, exercise is your answer. Being active on a daily basis will help your blood flow smoothly, decrease cardiovascular disease and a range of health concerns and problems like strokes, depression, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and even certain types of cancers.
If you are looking to blow off some steam a brisk 30 minute walk can help. Physical activity helps stimulate brain chemicals which leave you feeling more relaxed and happier. Exercise may also give your self image a boost, which helps improve your confidence.
Physical activity and exercise are a fun way to spend your time. Exercise gives you the chance to enjoy the outdoors, unwind or engage in activities that you like. Physical activity can be a bridge to connecting with your friends and family in fun social settings.
So think about hitting the hiking trails, joining a dance class or a soccer team. Look for an activity that you enjoy and just do it. If you get bored try something new! Physical activity and exercise will not only make you feel better it provides measurable health benefits and it’s also fun. So make it your goal to incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, there is no better way to improve the overall quality of your life.