31 Days of Health. Day 2: Exercise

Wouldn’t it be great to feel energized, think clearly, feel less stressed and be flexible? These benefits are guaranteed when you make exercise a priority. Regular exercise reduces oxidative stress and inflammation, is related to better cognition and reduced risk for dementia, and is associated with improved cholesterol levels, bowel movements, a healthy weight, and a positive mood!

Your task for today is to exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes. Use your gym membership. Go for a walk or a jog outside. Search “workout” on YouTube. Use the fitness equipment in your home. Or, turn on your favorite playlist and dance your heart out! Do something that makes you happy and feel good when you’re done.

Recently, I have fallen in love with boxing, by Christa DiPaulo. She has a fantastic energy that I totally relate to, and you can find her leading several workouts with Popsugar on YouTube. To me, boxing is just fun. I don’t even feel like I’m working hard, yet by the end of the workout I’m dripping sweat, and I love what it does for my physical appearance! Jeanette Jenkins is another trainer with awesome workouts and an amazing vibe. Some days I practice yoga which is phenomenal for strength and flexibility. Cardio is definitely my thing. It wipes out my stress, I feel strong, and my body feels light.

After a lot of research during 2018, I decided, it is much more worth it to do whatever exercise makes you happy. All I care about is that you move. Your body needs movement. It gets weak and stiff otherwise. I say poo-poo to any advice against running or cardio, or what time of day you “should” exercise…. Just move! Any exercise for any length of time is better than no exercise at all. You’ll figure it all out as you go along.

We all have 24 hours in a day – okay, I’ll be realistic, we have at least 16 hours in a day if 8 of them are spent resting. Okay, I’ll be even more realistic: we have at least 8 hours to ourselves if we sleep for 8 hours and spend another 8 working. You can – and should – set aside 30 minutes to an hour within those 8 hours. If you don’t make time now, then eventually you will be forced to find the time when a crisis hits, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack or stroke.

If you’re younger than 30, or if you are blessed with a fantastic metabolism where the food you eat is not reflective in your weight, you may brush this off as not pertinent to you. I suggest you reconsider. Continued poor health behaviors do catch up with you. And even skinny people develop type 2 diabetes.

Taking medications or providing extra, unaccepted TLC for your body is not a requirement of aging or crisis management. Make exercise part of your lifestyle now and experience an enhanced zest for life, reduced risk for disease, happiness, and the ability to do more for longer! You have unlimited capabilities in this short time on earth, and exercise will help you to realize those marvelous strengths.

Have fun, and I’ll see you back here again tomorrow!

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