How many times have you set a New Year’s Resolution to exercise more? And how many times have you failed?
We all know we should exercise regularly — theoretically for 30 minutes a day, at least 3 times a week. Regular physical activity has a bevy of benefits including reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer, and other ailments.
Even with this knowledge, most people don’t do anything about it. Does this sound like you?
Here are three motivational reasons to incorporate more activity into your routine.
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins reduce sensations of pain, can create euphoria or a “runner’s high,” and even act as a sedative to help you get better sleep. Exercise-induced endorphins have been found to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress.
Instead of going to the doctor for a prescription, try moving your body more in another direction. Running isn’t the only form of exercise; think about trying a dance class, a yoga DVD, biking, or even hula hooping!
An important part of your immune system is the lymphatic system. Physical activity can increase the circulation of lymphatic fluids which help your body fight illness. This doesn’t have to be vigorous exercise; movements based in yoga or Qi gong are excellent as stimulating lymph movement.
Studies have shown that increased physical activity results in increased self-image, from kids up to senior citizens. Part of the effect could be from succeeding at a sport or sticking to an exercise regimen. Feeling fit and strong or losing weight and gaining muscle are also paths to higher self-esteem.
What are the roadblocks that prevent you from getting regular exercise?