Living Healthier by Being Active
Exercise does not need to be complicated, expensive, and time-consuming.
Exercise CAN be simple
You simply move your body.
You don’t need a fancy gym, expensive equipment, a class, or trainer to get fit. It doesn’t take much and will cost nothing but a little time.
5 or 10 minutes to start is all you need to start.
Many people join expensive gyms and hire coaches in order to get fit. There is nothing wrong with that but it does not work for everyone. Often, money is spent but leaving the house and going to a gym is too hard to keep up with. People get discouraged, and sooner or later they stop going. Some exercise so much that they are sore, and a workout becomes a once-in-a-while-ouch-and-stop event.
Don’t despair if that’s been you and don’t worry if you can’t or don’t wish to join a gym. Exercise can be very simple if you think of it as moving.
To some the word exercise is daunting. Let’s call it what it is: MOVE.
We need to move our bodies to get ‘fit’ and healthy.
Getting fit can be as simple as putting on a pair of shoes and placing one foot in front of the other.
- If you can’t leave your house, it’s okay because you can walk in place.
- If you can’t get up, it’s okay too, because you can move your arms and legs as much as you are able.
Move as you are able, but move.
One important aspect of getting fit is that it’s best if you move (or exercise) on a regular basis. So make a commitment to move your body when and how you are able to and then:
Stick to your commitment.
If all you can manage is to move your arms or legs, so be it, but let’s do it daily.
Once you make that commitment and you stick to it, moving (exercising) will become a habit. And before long, you may find yourself doing a little more. Perhaps you become able to move arms and legs or maybe you are getting stronger and you can stand up and walk in place. If you’ve been walking around the block, perhaps you find that you are not as tired, and your walk becomes longer or perhaps you walk at a brisker pace.
The point really is that you move on a regular basis. Some people say it takes 21 days for something to become a habit. Whether that is true for you or not, it is a fact that something done on a regular basis will sooner or later become a habit. Make sure that moving / exercising becomes a habit.
Start slow and build yourself up.
You will amaze yourself when you start feeling the results of your new movement (exercise) regime. Our bodies are designed to be active. Within a short time you will notice yourself getting stronger and your energy will increase.
Always check with your physician before starting any exercise regime.
What have you done to get yourself up and moving? What do you do to stay fit?