Well, it’s that time of year again when winter can become a real drag and we all look forward to spring and its warmer temps and longer days.
Whether you’re able to enjoy a warm vacation sometime soon, or have to wait it out in NE Wisconsin, you might want to think about getting your body prepped for swimsuits, shorts, and your favorite outdoor activities.
If your only exercise over the last few months has been shoveling snow, it’s time to crank up your fitness program or start a brand new one.
It’s impossible to reach your fitness goals without it, and if you seriouslywant to look and feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer, look no further than getting consistent exercise.
The health benefits of regular exercise are hard to ignore, but trying to squeeze it into an already chaotic schedule might seem more difficult than quantum physics.
Trust me, you can make it a whole lot easier by doing two relatively simple things…
First, make it a priority and understand the incredible benefits are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, gender or physical ability.
Secondly, use some time-management tricks to help you to get the exercise you need until it simply becomes a lifestyle habit, one that you will never want to be without.
Reminding yourself of the most meaningful exercise benefits can inspire a new commitment and help you make it the priority it should be. Here are just a few:
7 Ways Exercise Can Improve Your Life
1: Exercise controls weight Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn during and after. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits, but give meaningful effort.
2: Exercise combats disease Worried about heart disease? Regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.
3: Exercise improves mood Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed, which can also boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
4: Exercise boosts energy Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. When your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily activities.
5: Exercise promotes better sleep Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.
6: Exercise can spark your sex life Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life.
7: Exercise can be fun Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy.
By the way, if you’re wondering how much exercise you need, the ACSM,AHA, AMA, Mayo Clinic, CDC, etc… recommend twice-weekly strength training and 3 to 5 bouts of cardio activity for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the demand of the exercise. Every little bit helps, but try to comply with these recommendations for optimal results.
Now that you’ve reminded yourself about the benefits of regular exercise, here are some tips to help squeeze it into your schedule without sacrificing your other responsibilities.
Time Management Tips for Exercise
Experiment with your schedule to find out when you can get some exercise time in. Make it a routine. Once it becomes a priority and a habit, it will be easier to keep up with it.Get some exercise while doing errands. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park further away from stores so that you have a longer walk. Find a good place to exerciseand do it before work, on your lunch hour, or on your way home…whatever works best for you. If you are home with young children all day, try to find a gym with a babysitting program or classes that the kids can attend while you are working out.
Wake up earlier and walk, jog,or ride your bike outdoors whenever possible. Or find a room in your home where you won’t wake everyone up to do a simple strength training or a cardio routine.
Walk whenever you can. Take a 15 minute break at work and walk. Walk around the field at your kids’ games. Walk your children to school or to do errands instead of driving.
Plan fitness activities for your family on evenings and weekends. Go for a walk, ride bikes, swim or play a sport. Join the local YMCA, gym or community center. Take classes together.
Do yoga, stretches or other exercises while watching television or listening to the radio. Work with a professional fitness trainer for a while. The accountability, support, and guidance will ensure your safety, consistency, and ultimately your success. Click Here To See The Traning Web Site So there you have it, set a realistic goal and get after it…time’s a wastin’!Remember to consult your health care provider or fitness professional before beginning a new exercise program or making significant changes to your existing routine.
If you have any questions or need some help getting started, please contact us directly at (916) 337-9900) or [email protected].
Think spring…it’s right around the corner so hang in there!
Yours in Health, Coach Kenny