Most of know the importance of exercise. We’re told if we want to manage our weight we should eat healthy and exercise for 30 minutes a day. And of course this has a wide range of benefits. It helps keep your heart healthy, it helps maintain healthy skin and it promotes better sleeps to name a few.
We also know that exercising regularly can help improve your mood. This is because exercising releases chemicals into your brain. Ever heard of runners high? That’s basically the good feeling your brain gets when your exercising. If you’re constantly tired and moody exercising can be one of the best ways to cure that as well.
A little known benefit of exercise is that it actually helps your sex drive. Aside from feeling sexy, you’ll have more energy and more confidence which leads to more frequent and often better performance. All of these are big positives.
Since we know benefits of exercising why don’t we do it more often? Why don’t we set a good example for our kids. The simple reason is because it can be difficult. Initially starting to exercise can take a toll on your body. If you’re heavily into fitness and you take three or four weeks off because life got busy or you were on vacation you know what I’m talking about. The first few trips to the gym don’t exactly leave you feeling like superman. Your muscle ache, sometimes so much so that they prevent you from falling asleep. This is a sign that you need to exercise more and not less. Once you get into a routine you’ll notice those types of aches and pains go away and instead of leaving the gym feeling drained you can leave the gym feeling like a million bucks.
Exercising regularly sends a message to your kids, that you know it can be difficult to get off the couch but ultimately it’s worth it. After all, if you don’t exercise regularly how can you expect your kids to want to?
Here are some tips for getting more active
First off, start with something you enjoy. If you hate running on the treadmill find an activity that you don’t hate. Nothing is a bigger barrier then not only having to pull yourself from the TV but also having to pull yourself from the TV to do something you despise. Try new things. For example up until a year ago I had never put a pair of boxing gloves on. After taking a class with my partner we both realized we loved it! Buy a pair of boxing gloves and pads to use at home!
If the biggest detriment to exercising is commuting to the gym or the field get yourself a good set of home workout equipment. Not having to leave your house can be a huge plus for many people.
The key to exercising regularly is to find something you love or at least like to do. If you don’t you’ve already failed before you start.