We have such a focus on the benefits of exercise in terms of the appearance changes that take place on the outside of our bodies. However, do we ever think about the internal physical or mental changes or benefits that take place when we add physical exercise into our daily routine? For example exercise does not just help us lose weight or trim up, it also exercises one of the most important muscles in the body the heart. Exercises been shown to help with depression and anxiety. People who exercise regularly get endorphins after exercise, which can help decrease feelings of sadness or even minor depression.
Exercise also gives us the ability to create and form habits. The more habits that we establish, the more routine our life is, and so the less stress is actually on the body from everyday decisions.
Exercise usually leads to healthy eating. In combination with healthy eating. exercise can help reduce the risks of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis just to name a few.
Exercise also gives us the opportunity to try new things. You may find inspiration to run a 5K, or join an exercise group, or even one day become an instructor to inspire other people. Group exercise is a great way to get into a exercise routine. The classes are at a set time and you will eventually get to know the people who attend. The personal connections you can make may be invaluable to your fitness journey, as you may find that the people in your life don’t enjoy or understand your new love for exercise.
If you find that you have trouble starting your exercise or have trouble sticking to your routine, I suggest that you to find a friend or an exercise buddy; or even hire a personal trainer to get through those first few weeks until it’s a habit.
Find ways to make exercise fun join a dance class or if you really love bike riding on find a trail or new route around your home that is easy to navigate on just a 10 speed bike. The easiest way that I have found to start an exercise routine is to simply start moving! Maybe you can start taking a walk at lunch every day or walk your dog after work every day.
Exercise doesn’t have to be high impact or weight training or stressful moves. In fact when I started my fitness journey, I could barely run a hundred yards without getting out of breath. Slowly, I was able to gain endurance and with that I became interested in other forms of physical activity. I went on from there to join a Zumba class and I eventually got certified to teach. From there I got interested in Boot Camp and continued my journey in teaching with spin. I continue to find new ways to challenge myself. None of this would have happened had I not started my journey. There will always be someone better, stronger, fitter, but I don’t compare myself with others. I exercise to become the best version of me and I encourage you to as well!