The hard part isn’t
getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape.
Exercise should not be a chore, but a way of life.
You need to stay active to maintain heart health, mental health
and overall physical well-being.
Going to the gym or taking a fitness class can be a daunting and
intimidating task for most people. Finding a partner that will support and
share your goals is a great way to achieve accountability and stay on track.
Whenever trying something new it takes the brain and body time to
adjust. You must remember that this is a phase of breaking through your comfort
zone, not only physically, but mentally as well. A good rule of thumb is to
allow yourself at least 5 sessions of a class/activity before you decide to
back out. Who knows when you will set into your groove and find something new
Find ways to implement the things you enjoy that make you want to be
active daily. Walking your dog, playing with your kids, going for a swim,
exploring a new city on foot or discovering different paths in your city. Take
up a new physical challenge such as a dance class, tennis, golf, or train for a
race. You can work towards a new skill in life that will keep you motivated
while getting in your daily exercise, as well as benefit from long term
physical and mental health.
For instance, training for a 5K is a great way to get you
motivated about physical activity while keeping you fit.
human body was built to be active. The shapes of our hips and feet, the length of our
legs, our shock-absorbing spinal discs, and our ability to sweat make it
possible for us to walk or run mile after mile.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that
researchers have concluded that running/walking is strongly associated with several benefits for not
only our bodies, but our brains as well.
Many experts believe that simple exercise and
diet is the most advanced “drug” in curing most illnesses.
Not only is running/walking a great way to improve cardiovascular health, but it
has psychological benefits as well.
found that 30 minutes of physical activity can improve mood and help fight
sleep quality, boost mental focus and reduce stress.
and strengthen your body and mind no matter your age, and help fight age
related cognitive decline.
is a great way to burn calories, which of course is a major factor in weight
loss (along with a healthy sustaining diet).
to being physically active, especially if it has been a while, can be brutal. Once
your body and mind acclimate, exercise can be blissful, meditative and provide
a sense of freedom.
to get you started:
Perhaps a friend to train with for extra
Start off with a good stretch to loosen up your muscles and relax
Time yourself on your first run, write it down and set a realistic
goal of where you want to be, and just for fun a dream goal…you might
surprise yourself on race day! Also, write down how you feel; what the good was,
the bad, and the in-between. It is important to log your activity to ensure
accountability, but to also see your progress and results.
Make a schedule that works best for you and your lifestyle. Make
it a goal to train at least 3 times a week.
human body is a unique machine made of the universe’s greatest mysteries. But
just like any machine, the body needs balance to be sustainable. You don’t need
to spend hours upon hours in the gym and counting calories to achieve this
balance. All it takes is moderate activity that is comfortable to your specific
lifestyle and capabilities, as well as providing your body with well-rounded