Today is Healthy Hump Day. So my posts today are all about building a better you (and building a better me too). There are lots of tips and ideas to improve your health, and it’s obviously difficult to pick one as being the best. But I think exercise is one of the best things you can do for several reasons.
Exercise increases your heart rate, raises your metabolism, and consequently, burns fatty tissue. Regular exercise (and by regular I mean 3-5 days per week) prepares your body to burn fat even after you stop exercising. Second, exercise helps to ward off many life threatening illnesses. Among other things, it strengthens your heart and lungs; it helps prevent heart disease; it fights cancers; it reduces risk for diabetes; and over time will leave you with a feeling of strength and vitality. No matter how you look at it, exercise rocks!
If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like exercise, don’t think of it as a formal regimented activity. Thinking of exercise as a chore makes you less likely to do it consistently. Anything that gets you mobile, works your joints, and pumps your heart is exercise. It doesn’t need to be formal. You can develop a pattern of walking; taking the stairs rather than using the elevator or escalator; swimming; cycling; or jumping rope. One of my favorite exercises is dancing. You can do it at home. Put on your workout clothes, turn on some disco or house music, and dance your heart away. I know some people who jump up and move around vigorously during commercials while watching television..
The most integral thing to remember is not to exercise just once or twice then stop because you don’t see immediate results. Exercise is like watering a seed in your garden. You won’t see it blossom overnight. Likewise, you won’t see an instant outcome when you exercise; however you will see (and feel) a huge difference in just a short time if you stick with it. The average person notices significant changes in just 2-3 weeks of consistent regular exercise.
To see examples of different types of exercises, especially if you don’t want to pay for a gym membership, do a search on Google. Youtube has some great ones too. Just Do It!