Exercise pays dividends years later

We are all guilty of it at one time or another: deciding that we need to start exercising and then just going for it full speed ahead.

We work at the maximum our body can handle for 5, 6 or even 7 days of the week. Then inevitably we over do it and either injury ourselves or find it just too much to keep up and quit.

You may wake up in the morning and can barely walk up the stairs, sit down in your work chair or in some cases have injured yourself.

If your body is absolutely aching and after week one of your ‘New’ fitness kick you may decide to just pack it in and are left feeling defeated and deflated!

When it comes to enjoying the positive benefits of exercise, CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY! Making exercise a habit and finding something you enjoy that fits into your schedule is the best way to make physical activity part of your routine.

You don’t have to make your muscles ache the day after exercising to know you have got a good workout in. If you are new to exercise or starting up after time off, be good to your body and start slow, gradually increasing your intensity over time. You will be more likely to stick with your program over the long term.

When people initially start exercising, they enjoy the short term benefits of reduced muscle and mental tension, increased energy level, positive feelings about themselves and dare I say, have a bit of fun too!

The long term benefits of exercise such as decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis; decreased blood pressure, body fat, cholesterol level, arthritis symptoms and premature death are only realised with REGULAR exercise on a consistent basis.

That is why it is so important to find something you enjoy so that you will stick to it. It can be working out at the gym, with a personal trainer, playing a sport, joining a yoga or pilates class or just simply going for a brisk walk or jog.

When you do find something you enjoy you often have to overcome common boundaries to get started. One common excuse is not having enough time. You only need 30 minutes of physical activity a day, most days of the week to gain the health benefits listed above. If you make exercise a priority in your life you are sure to be able to find those 30 minutes somewhere in your busy schedule!

Many people also use the excuse of being too tired. Working out actually gives you MORE energy, believe it or not, because when you exercise, your feel good hormone endorphins are released. If you find you are just too tired at the end of the day, then why not try exercising in the morning or at lunch hour.

The bottom line is this: regular physical activity over the long term will benefit your body in so many ways, so get rid of yo-yo exercising and just make physical activity a normal and enjoyable part of your day.

Build a healthy and strong body for life, not just for a month or two. Our bodies are designed to move and the benefits of exercise are so extraordinary!

So find something you enjoy and get started!