“E is for … Exercise”

Get out there! Do it! No more excuses!

It’s not about being the fastest, the strongest, the quickest, the skinniest (don’t get me started on that one…)

Exercise is what we need to do to keep ourselves healthy. The benefits are huge and they include:

– It’s energising. You’ll always feel better after exercising because when you’re active your body releases feel good endorphins

– It can help to control weight by stabilising hunger regulation hormones

– It improves muscle tone and increases muscle mass

– Running and weight lifting increase bone density

– It tires the body (eventually – straight after you’ll probably feel quite high so its best not to exercise too late in the day). Mornings are best.

– It improves cardiovascular abilities and Vo2 max

– It shifts visceral fat from organs

Additionally, exercise is a healthy way (as long as its done in moderation) to manage stress.

For those of you who work in education, now that we’re on school holidays its a great time to start an exercise routine. Join a gym, getting swimming at your local pool or in the ocean or use that cash you got for Christmas to buy yourself a bike. Start a yoga for beginners course (lots are starting now as centres re-open after the break). Or just get into a routine of walking every morning and notice the difference that makes to your day and by the time school starts it will have become a well established habit that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without!

People often complain that they can’t find the time to exercise. Here’s some tips that might help:

– Schedule it in. Write it into your diary. Make it just like any other appointment (as in you only don’t attend if there’s an emergency)

– Split your exercise schedule (2 x 15 minute walks still equals 30 minutes)

– Aim for a low and achievable amount (5 minutes of moving a day is always achievable). If you reach that target you’ll be motivated to continue. If you repeatedly miss unattainable goals the chance of becoming despondent is much more likely

– Get up earlier. Make the most of the warm weather and lighter mornings and schedule your work outs then. You’ll soon discover its the best part of the day.

Well that’s the end of this post for today – must dash – I have a swim I’ve scheduled in to get to!

2 thoughts on ““E is for … Exercise”

  1. Oh this resonated with me!! I know I need to exercise and it is my goal once I get home from holidays to get it into the routine. I know I feel better when I do it, but I’m one who struggles with the time. Splitting it into 2 looks like the way to go. You’re right, so much more manageable. Thanks for the tip 🙂

    • Pleasure Kirsty. It’s so much easier to get into a routine when the distraction of work isn’t there. Good luck and stay cool!

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