The last few weeks of August I heard the lament many times “Wow this summer…
A balanced diet is essential for Well Being, but without regular exercise no amount of green vegetables or lean protein will make up for a lack of movement!
Just as certain foods protect us from illness, regular physical activity has its own list of health enhancements. Here are just a few:
- Controls weight
- Lowers blood pressure and arterial stiffness
- Enhances quality of sleep
- Improves balance, coordination and flexibility
- Improves digestions
- Reduces joint stress, back pain and osteoporosis
- Decreases inflammation
- Improves immune function
- Increases energy and reduces risk of depression, anxiety and stress
Without exercise, it’s hard to reach your full physical, mental and emotional potential. Some people do better with more gentle centering exercises while others require vigorous activity. Once you find what works for you, you’ll be more likely to do it consistently. If there’s a class you’ve been putting off trying, make time and do it this week! Or, simply go for a walk, the benefits are immense.
What’s the secret to a successful and consistent exercise routine once you find your fit? Accountability! Whether you rely on a friend, family member, trainer, or simply your own willpower to keep you in check, having a goal system to track your progress is crucial. Keep a note of your exercises, and check in with yourself once a week. Mostly, don’t forget to acknowledge all types of exercise you do, your body appreciates ANY type of movement.
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