Two weeks ago we talked about setting realistic goals and setting yourself up for success in the new year. If any of the goals you set for yourself involve exercise or physical activity, then today’s post is for you.
Personally, exercise is one of my favorite things, not only do I like to feel strong and capable, but I find exercise to be the ultimate stress reliever.
Many people view exercise as a tool for weight loss, which it can be, but it is so much more than that. Today I want to share benefits of exercise that have nothing to do with the scale. But first, one of my favorite quotes relating to exercise…
“Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not punishment for what you ate”
Seriously. Your body was made to move, whether that be through walks, swimming, hiking, weightlifting, running, biking, yoga, etc. I hope you can find some activity that you enjoy doing!
1.) Stress relief
There is something so therapeutic about sweating away stress. Whether it’s been a rough day in the office or at home, I find that exercise distracts me and simultaneously calms me down. Even something as simple as stepping outside for a 15 minute walk can really calm you down. Physical activity can also be used as a healthy way to manage anxiety!
2.) Better sleep
Exercise, specifically regular exercise, can help you get longer and higher quality sleep. The serotonin released while you exercise contributes to that better sleep. In relation to #1, stress and anxiety often contribute to not sleeping as well, so exercise can help you relieve some of that stress and fall asleep/stay asleep easier.
3.) Regular exercise can help slow down aging
How darn cool is that? I originally read this in my textbook when studying for my personal training exam and immediately texted my parents. This study dives in further. I mean, who wouldn’t mind staying young ?
There are so many benefits to regular physical activity, and while it can be hard to start something new, or find your groove, I challenge you just to start. Start small, set the reasonable goals we last talked about and progress as you go. It is very difficult to successfully go from 0-100, so I recommend a gradual increase in exercise.
Do you want to exercise more but feel like an injury or pain is holding you back? Hulst Jepsen offers FREE 15 minute consultations at any of our 15 locations. If you have goals to reach and need a helping hand to get there – call 616.827.3010 and get your free consult scheduled today.