What Prevents us From Exercising
The question I am asked often is “How much do I have to exercise to stay healthy?”
The best advice I can offer is that something is better than nothing. Start slowly and progress at your own pace. Don’t push yourself.
Many people wait to start their “exercise program” next week, or next month, after the holidays, after, after, after. When what winds up happening is nothing. They are always waiting for a better time. There is no time like the present moment. Today, you can get up from your desk and walk around the block for 5 minutes. You can walk for 5 minutes after work or after dinner. Try that for one week. The next week set a small goal of walking for 10 minutes twice a day – three days that week. When you follow through on something you make a commitment to doing, you build your self-esteem and are more likely to build momentum.
For health purposes, it is advised to walk or exercise for 30 minutes, most days of the week. The latest research shows that it is better for you to break up your exercise into two or three bouts than to sit all day and then do one session. We are designed to move! Sitting all day is bad for us. The current trend of so many Americans living a sedentary lifestyle is killing us. Not exercising is worse for us than smoking!
The American College of Sports Medicine’s physical activity recommendations for healthy adults, updated in 2011, recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity-that means working hard enough to break a sweat, but still able to carry on a conversation, five days a week, or 20 minutes or more of vigorous activity three days a week.
Focus on the benefits you get from exercise and once you begin a habit of exercising, you’ll be hooked. Nothing makes you feel as good as getting outside and getting fresh air, moving your body and getting stronger.
Exercise keeps you moving, healthy and feeling energized. It benefits your mind, body and spirit in the following ways plus many more:
- Helps you to stay strong so you can live your life fully
- Helps you to sleep better
- Exercise helps you melt away stress
- Prevents weight gain
- Reduces the risk of falls, injuries and broken bones
- Improves your mood, self-confidence and feelings of self-worth
- Lowers your risk of illness such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer
- Keeps your brain and memory functioning well
- Keeps you independent and able to take care of yourself as you age
- Balances your hormones to keep you happy and much more!
If you have any questions about starting an exercise program or would like to find out more about what a wellness coach can do for you, then please contact me.
My mission is to inspire people to live healthy, fit and happy lives.