Definition: ex·er·cise: the act of physically exerting the body for the sake of developing physical fitness and maintaining ones health.

I never was fond of the term “exercise”. In fact, the idea of adding yet another task into our otherwise busy life seems daunting doesn’t it? But, the truth is, humans are inherently very active and physical creatures. Science has proven through evolution that the human body is designed to walk great distances, sprint on occasion and lift heavy things when necessary. The main problem is that modern day conveniences have greatly reduced our need to do these things. Because of this, if we do not compensate we end up suffering the consequences, primarily metabolic and psychological disorders.

Activity and movement are an essential part of being a healthy person. For some, going to the gym is the answer, for others its certain forms of play. Walking the dog, playing with your kids and even gardening can provide some of the physical activity that your body needs. But, there is a simple formula that you can apply in order to optimize your potential, and it doesn’t take that much time.

Research shows that as little as 30 minutes per day of physical activity can have amazing results and positively impact your health and sense of well being. Everything from reducing cardiovascular risk and boosting your metabolism to helping ward off depression and anxiety. There are both physical and neurological benefits to be gained with physical activity.

If anything, simply walk. You don’t need to purchase any special equipment or join a gym to do this. Just step outside your door and go for a brisk walk. Start with 10 minutes each day if you have to, but your goal is to work your way to at least 30 minutes each day. That’s not asking a lot. You owe it to yourself and you wont regret it. Once you master this, you should consider adding in a bit of more challenging activity. Perhaps a short run once per week and/or some resistance activity 2-3 time per week. I know its tough to get going, but once you do the effects are amazing! Keep it up and everything can change. Not only physical changes, but also your mood and confidence!

Where to start. 

Start slow and build up over time. Pushing yourself to much to hard in the beginning is a good way to injure yourself. Good proper form over speed is key. So if you need to hire someone to train you, its always a good investment. Please consult your doctor if you are new to this kind of thing or if you have any potential risk factors.

  • Step one, take a brisk walk every day. Work up to at least 30 minutes or more.
    • Other tactics include parking further from the door and always take the stairs if you can.
  • Find fun physical activities to engage in. Soccer, zumba, spin class, kick boxing, et cetera. 1-2 x per week
  • Do some resistant exercises. Bands, weights or even yoga! 2-3 times per week.
  • Stand as frequently as you can. While on the phone or during TV commercials.
    • Standing desks and treadmill desks are becoming very popular.

Try not to over think this. Just wake up tomorrow and do something physical. Its even better if you can do it with others. They keep you motivated and push you to challenge yourself.

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