I find it’s a pleasure to take long walks at the end of the day in the fall, breathing the crisp, cool air, and letting go of the day as I stroll along the lake near my house.
It’s a great time to pause, take in the changes in the foliage, and appreciate all the beauty around me.
These days, that’s the exercise I LOVE, and because of that, I’m more likely to fit it into my busy day.
It doesn’t matter how beneficial an exercise is, if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do it over the long haul.
We all “know” how important regular exercise is for our minds and body, but here are some reminders about how exercise benefits us from the CDC:
- Control Your Weight.
- Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease.
- Reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome.
- Reduce Your Risk of Some Cancers.
- Strengthen Your Bones and Muscles.
- Improve Your Mental Health and Mood.
- Increase your chances of living longer
Most often, we have an “execution” problem with exercise: work, family, REALLY important things get in the way. For many of us, fitting in any exercise feels like too big of a stretch. The CDC say 80% of Americans don’t get the reccommended amount of physical exercise.
What’s the best exercise for you? Studies show it’s the one you’ll actually DO. That means something you enjoy enough to fit into your day.
Today start SMALL; you don’t need an hour, or even 30 minutes, to get the benefits of regular exercise: a 5 or 10 minute walk, or a simple strech break at your desk will do. Make it as enjoyable as possible, breathe deeply, and take your time. Small amounts of exercise, like this, done regularly, can begin to create big shifts over your lifetime.