What is the greatest investment you can make in yourself that requires no cash outlay, 150 minutes per week, gives you an edge, makes you feel stronger and happier, saves you medical expenses, promotes your good health, provides you with energy, inspiration and confidence?
Exercise is a natural antidepressant. Physical activity enhances your overall wellbeing. One good thing positively affects another. We truly cannot compartmentalize areas of our lives; and that is the mind, body, spirit connection.
Most of us know exercise is good for us. The hard part is getting started. If you are thinking about getting started and looking for motivation, keep reading. Focusing on what you want is a good strategy. Allow me to build a case for you.
Why are we sedentary?
What does that mean, in general?
What is recommended?
The American Heart Association recommends 30-minutes of moderate activity most days, or 150 minutes per week. There are other options such as being active for three 10-minute periods a day and that is almost, but not quite as beneficial to your overall physical fitness as one 30-minute session. The ten minute push is about getting started, and that something is better than nothing. Ten minutes is achievable, it gets you moving, and success breeds success. Getting started and achieving will help you sustain. There is a natural progression in taking one healthy step, literally. Good things follow.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans describes “Physical activity” as any bodily movement that enhances health.
The Women’s Health Study, published in April 28, 2008 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at 39,000 women free of Cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes at baseline. The study found that women who were normal weight and physically active had the lowest risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease over more than 10 years of follow-up. Next up with good results were women who were lean, but not physically active and then finally, women who were overweight but physically active. It is worth pointing out that the findings demonstrated that having a healthy body weight might have more significance in your health than physical activity, although both play a role in lowering the risk of heart disease in overweight or obese women.
YOU WANT TO CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE YOU START ANY EXERCISE REGIMEN. SEE YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.
After you are cleared, your goal is to start and sustain.
How to start and sustain:
All activity counts. Find what works for you and focus on how good you feel after achieving. Find your meaningful motivator to get started. It could be those hard dollar cost savings, or it could be that you feel amazing, or that you look and feel sexy!
Top 5 Reasons and Motivators to Exercise:
What's your motivator?
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Disclosure: Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before beginning any diet or exercise program and ask whether you are healthy enough to engage in a diet and exercise program. Never disregard, avoid or delay in obtaining medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider concerning your overall health and wellness, including your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem or condition, please contact a qualified health care professional immediately. It is your choice to follow the suggestions, opinions and advice given by a Health Inspires wellness coach.