Not everyone likes to buckle down and exercise. After all, exercising means pain, aches, sweat, and that dreaded phrase hard work. When lifting those weights, running, or even stretching, your body will scream in agony and complain until you stop forcing it to be uncomfortable.
Even though most people despise exercise, there is an actual need for it (above and beyond just looking fabulous). There are definite health benefits, such as:
- Prevent diabetes
- Prevent heart disease
- Prevent anxiety
- Prevent Stress
- Prevent depression
- Prevent obesity
- Create a stronger body
- Build stamina
- Build a resistance to infections
- Live longer
- (I love this one) Create a sexier body!!
There is light at the end of the tunnel, though. Personally, I spend an hour to about 1 ½ hours at the gym just about every day. Although, I have a lot of making up to do to get me to where I want to be. But, you don’t have to spend that much time in the gym. Doctors recommend 20-30 minutes a day of some physical exercise. Meaning, get your butt up off that couch and get your heart rate up (above normal).
Here are a few tips that might help you find the motivation needed to hit the gym:
You will become more energized. Really, you will! I know it sounds crazy, but the more you exercise the more your blood pumps through your body. As this happens, your blood carries oxygen throughout your body, reenergizing your muscles and organs. Through this process you will feel more energy because your body is receiving the oxygen it needs.
The pain is only temporary. It really is! If done correctly, you’ll have some muscle soreness for about a week. This is absolutely nothing you can’t live through. Instead, you’ll find yourself being more active (despite the temporary soreness) and feeling great! In addition, you’ll start losing weight and inches, making it so you will fit into smaller clothes and creating an overall healthier you.
Embrace the burn. Seriously! When you’re working out you’ll feel your muscles burning because you are working those muscles. Embrace that burn because it means that you are building a stronger, healthier, leaner, and more fit YOU!
You’re giving yourself a gift. You really are! You’re giving yourself a gift of a better feeling, looking, and healthier body.
You’ll put yourself into a better mood. Really! As those endorphins run through your brain and body you will start noticing that you aren’t as stressed, your anxiety levels are way down, and you’re just in an overall much better mood.
There are all kinds of classes available out there. Maybe you just don’t do well just going to the gym and trying to figure out what you need to do, or how to do it. No problem! Join a class. There are all types of fitness classes for all different levels of health and wellness. Everything from dance classes to yoga to zumba….etc. are available. Try some out and see if this interests you!
What is your current exercise regimen? Do you have one? Are you going to start one?