Last week my Monday Motivation post was about Living by Design and designing the life you want. Which really reminded me to get my own bootie in gear and off the couch…so today’s Monday Motivation post is personal and a reminder of how important exercise is.
Exercise is not just for weight loss. And while inactivity is a major factor in weight gain and obesity, there are so many other benefits to exercising than just the aesthetic.
We brought GiGi home about three months ago. And for the first month, I was pretty consistent with my exercise. She slept. The treadmill was put to use. She slept. I did yoga. She slept. The dumbbells and a medicine ball would be used for resistance. I thought I was pretty badass and had this motherhood / life balance thing mastered.
Then I came back to work.
And the exercise portion of my day disappeared.
I didn’t even really notice until I was writing last week’s blog. I was evaluating my own life and what I wanted it to be, and noticed the physical aspect of my daily routine had dried up.
Hmmm. My pants were still fitting, so I hadn’t really been paying attention. But exercise isn’t just about how the pants fit.
Exercise is good for your muscles and bones. This is especially helpful for women, because we lose our bone density as we age and weight lifting can help prevent or slow this down.
It sounds counter-intuitive, but exercising when you are tired will boost your energy.
I’m not sure if it is a “thing” but when I’m exercising consistently, my hair, skin, and nails seem healthier. I think it has to do with the blood flow that increases when I’m active. Have you noticed any “side benefits” from your activity?
Finally, exercise has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of anxiety, stress and depression.
There are so many benefits that exercise offers that can improve almost every aspect of your health. These are just So why not get up and move?
So this morning, I did just that. My alarm was set for 45 minutes earlier than I have been waking. My workout clothes were set out last night. And I got up and walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes. It is a far cry from what I’m capable of, but easing myself back into the habit is essential. I believe that jumping in head first will just make you sore and lessen the probability you’ll repeat the process the next day. Plus, I enjoyed a great podcast on blog writing. Ironic? I’d like to think it was inspiring.
Walking has it’s benefits too, so I don’t feel like I wasted the morning.
You don’t have to be training for a marathon or trying to lose weight to exercise regularly. It is a habit for life – that also adds life to your day. So, if you’re not habitually exercising, go back and read the benefits (above) and make it a priority to get at least 20-30 minutes a day of movement. You’ll thank yourself for it, I promise.