So up until now I have pretty much managed to exclusively talk about food. Which is something I am very passionate about however, there is another important aspect of health. Exercise!! The word ‘exercise’, for me, makes me think of treadmills, and weight lifting, which despite the fact that it works for some, I know for a fact it doesn’t work for others. Exclusively thinking of exercise as requiring machines or a facility not only eliminates certain people base on interests but also based on finances. So, as we continue to discuss exercise, and more accurately physical activity, most of these activities will be possible both in those fitness facilities but outside of them as well.
In case the idea of exercise has yet to have you excited I’m going to start listing some benefits of being physically active.
Just to really DRIVE the point home…
1. Improves your mood – can act as a mild anti-depressant and assist in raising self esteem.
2. Combats chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis
3. Helps you manage your weight. (I’m trying to avoid making this blog strictly about weight loss however it is impossible to completely ignore the topic.)
4. Boosts energy level. (Personal tidbit. When I get home from work all sluggish, I find taking the dog out re-energizes me.)
5. Better Sleep! Who doesn’t want to sleep better…
6. Improves sexy time. Yep! If you add all the items above it simply leads to this conclusion! (1+5=6) Don’t take my word for it…
7. Social outlet! I know in my town there are Queer sports teams, and running groups, and yoga groups…
8. Live longer.
Of course the items listed above are not going to be a part of everyone’s experience but here’s how I see it. We are not meant to be stationary. I find some of the levels of inactivity in those I interact with on a daily basis terrifying. Working out/Exercising/Physical activity does not have to be a chore or something you dread. I firmly believe there is SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR EVERYONE. So go start trying new things whether its yoga, or running, or ultimate frisby, or dog walking, or soccer, or biking, or skiing, or hiking, or rock climbing or dancing (I could keep going but I’ll spare you).
In closing, they say it takes THREE WEEKS to form a new habit. I find this is the most important part of trying to introduce anything into our lives. So however you decide to start introducing physical activity into your life, give it some time. Be aware of where you’re starting, don’t push yourself too hard or expect too much because the last thing you want is to be discouraged and injured.
And lastly, pay attention to your own progress and improvements. We all start somewhere; the most important thing is that you’ve started.