Research has shown that physical activity helps us to live a healthier longer life, and physical inactivity leads to premature aging, chronic disease, disability, and earlier death. None of us wants to be one of those statistics, yet when we try to integrate physical activity into our lives, many of us fail.
There are a number of reasons why failure occurs. Finding the time to exercise is a very common complaint. Losing motivation is also a common reason why a person starts to exercise and then quits before long. There are ways to combat how you get past your physical activity block, and it is important that you do so.
Physical activity does so much more than keep you fit. It is an excellent stress reliever and in today’s world where most of us are carrying excess stress, this is a great way to help you reduce or eliminate that stress.
Physical activity also increases your energy. Initially you may find you are tired after your workout, but over time if you stick with it, you will discover that you actually look forward to your workout because it energizes you. This is also why so many fitness trainers recommend you workout before you head off to work.
Your heart and lungs are strengthened through exercise, your blood pressure is reduced, weight loss occurs, muscles are toned, and your overall health benefits so that you can look forward to living longer in a healthy state where you can enjoy life.
What to Do?
When we talk about exercising most people’s minds jump to the gym. But there are many things you can do besides heading to the gym.
* Go for a 30 minute walk daily
* Use stairs rather than the elevator
* Spend more time moving and less time in front of your TV or computer
* Play with your kids – it will get you moving
* Go for a bike ride
* Look for cycling or walking paths in your neighborhood
* Go for a jog
* Go to the gym
* Get involved with Zoomba, Nia, or Yoga
There you have it – there are many ways that you can get involved and exercise. You don’t even have to spend any money on memberships if you don’t want to. It doesn’t matter what you decide to do just as long as you get up and get moving. You will enjoy the benefits almost immediately and for years to come.
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