This winter, I have had the opportunity to live in a warmer climate than my home state. Most days, I can take a long walk in the morning before I start my projects. This has made such a change in my attitude! I have a different feeling of confidence and conviction. When my body releases serotonin, I can get through the day with a clear mind.
I HATE to exercise….I really do. But I hate to take more diabetes and high blood pressure medicine even more than exercise. Since starting my weight loss journey, I am down to one pill for diabetes (I no longer take insulin) and I take no medicine for high blood pressure. So here are some reasons to keep up with your exercise:
Stress Relief: Feeling tense? Overwhelmed? Unappreciated? Taking regular exercise breaks, as short as 30 minutes a day, can refresh and relax you. Use the time to calm yourself, regain perspective on what’s important, or even figure out a solution to a problem. I swear it works!
Fat-Be-Gone: By working out, you’re losing fat and gaining muscle. Regular exercisers often have body fat levels at least 5% lower than the average person. You’ll probably go down a clothing size or two, because muscle, though heavier than fat, takes up less space. I saying to my mom a couple of weeks ago how I am getting a new shape that I totally am not accustomed to seeing! It is taking a minute to get used to the difference.
A Spring in Your Step: Working out can raise your VO2 max (the amount of oxygen your muscles can use) by up to 40%. That means you have more energy and everyday tasks become easier.
Cold-Killer: Aerobic exercise bolsters your immune system. You’re better prepared to fight off viruses and other nasty stuff.
Another great quote from Pinterest this week: Think of your workouts as important meetings you schedule with yourself. Bosses don’t cancel.
P.S. I’ve lost 10 pounds so far! 40 more to go! Yeah! Thanks for the motivation……