So you may be wondering why you would even want to put the effort into any kind of exercise routine, whether rigid or just a “walk in the park,” literally. So in today’s post I’ll be sharing some of the information I’ve gathered regarding the benefits of exercise, and a few options you could try out to find the right form for you!
Once again, I do need to make it clear that I am not a doctor, trainer, or health professional in any manner, and I’m only passing on information that you can use to help make your own decisions. You can read my full disclaimer here. 😊
So, let’s move on with some of the reasons you might want to consider becoming a little more active…
It Can Help You Lose Weight:
An article I just recently came across mentioned how when you exercise, the metabolic rate increases, which in turn burns more calories. This can help you lose weight. Of course, eating a junky diet and then trying to make up for it with exercise isn’t exactly the best idea, in my book. Though you might be able to maintain a nice figure, you may still be depriving your body of nutrients, even though you’re able to take on a strenuous workout. Of course, I’m not saying to refrain from exercising due to a less than perfect diet (I mean, most people probably don’t have perfect eating habits, I certainly don’t), but I would encourage you to clean up your diet, if you haven’t already, in addition to taking up a more active lifestyle.
Exercise Boosts Your Endurance:
Giving your body a good workout can help to increase your endurance. Have you ever started an exercise program, and had a hard time at first, but then it got easier the longer you kept at it? Well, your body gets stronger the more you stick with it, so don’t give up if you feel sore after a few squats on the first day. 😉 But please be aware of your own limit, and don’t push yourself so far that you end up doing more harm than good.
You Can Get More Vitamin D:
Taking your walk outside instead of on a treadmill can automatically get you out in the sunshine! If you live in an area where you are able to take a walk/run in the outdoors, it can help to increase your absorption of vitamin D, which can in turn help your body to absorb more calcium, which is important for your bones and teeth.
Exercise is Good for Your Brain:
Have you ever heard of a part of the brain called the “hippocampus”? No? Well, neither had I until a few days ago, but this article discusses how this part of the brain can actually increase in size with exercise, which is good, since the hippocampus is important for learning and memory!
It Releases Endorphins:
You’ve probably heard that exercise can relieve stress and improve your mood. When we exercise, the body releases endorphins, or “happy chemicals,” which can help make you feel better.
Now that you’re all revved up and ready to get started with your exercise routine, let me give you a few ideas to get you headed in the right direction. It’s important to choose a method that is appropriate for your lifestyle and current fitness level…
This one’s pretty self explanatory, you just put one foot in front of the other. This is a good option for pretty much anyone, I think, especially those just starting out, pregnant women, or people like me who have little ones, since getting outside for a walk is something they can do with me. 😊
I am not a runner, but some people are, and this is a form of exercise that doesn’t require any equipment if you can do it outside.
If you have a pool or access to one, you can always go for a swim to get your exercise in!
If you’re the type who prefers to go to the gym and lift weights, or have your own in home gym, then that could be a good option for you.
Stationary Bike, Elliptical, or Treadmill
If you have a treadmill somewhere in your home, or some other exercise equipment that maybe you haven’t used in a while, then why not give it another try, and put it to good use?
At Home Workout Program
There are a lot of DVDs you can choose from to do your workout completely at home. Several months after I had my first baby, I started using a postnatal dvd to get back into a routine. I even use VHS tapes, sometimes. 😉 You have many options for at home exercise… I mean, you can even download an app and follow the exercise instructions and do it that way if you want! Plus, you get to choose whether you want to lift weights, do cardio, or maybe just stretch.
Anyway, I hope this post will help to get you started with your own form of exercise activity, and that maybe you have a little more motivation than you did 15 minutes ago. 😊
Keep up your good eating habits that you (hopefully) started last month, and check back soon for more posts coming your way!
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Have a great day!