I over indulge during the winter months eating fatty foods to keep warm. The reduced daylight hours and bad weather always mean I am less active, and I make a million and one excuses that I am too busy or too tired to exercise.
Spring is here now and I know I am frantically trying to squeeze into my summer clothes. When I was younger wanting to stay fit was all about appearance but now I find it’s all about looking after my own mental health and well-being. I know that exercise makes me feel less stressed and happier – especially if I get outside. I know that exercising improves the clarity of my mind and through the release of dopamine, it changes my mood and I always feel better and have more energy afterwards.
It is never too late to get fit – I find organising a challenge to work towards gives me the motivation to stop coming up with excuses, whether it is signing up for a race for life, completing the Yorkshire three Peaks Challenge or making my annual holiday a challenge walk, it gives me the push I need at this time of the year.
When I exercise on a regular basis, I find it easier to get out of bed in the mornings. I concentrate better at work, feel more alert, and I am much calmer when dealing with problems. The release of endorphins means I become less stressed. I love to walk up Kinder I call it my problem mountain, I start a walk with a problem I want to figure out and at the end of the walk I usually find that it isn’t a problem anymore. Walking gives me the time out to put things into perspective and makes solutions to problems crystal clear.
Ten ways staying fit can improve your life
- Staying active boosts mind function and energy, decreasing the risk of dementia.
- Exercise improves bone health and decreases your osteoporosis risk.
- Regular exercise can help increase your libido.
- Staying active helps maintain our muscle mass and can increase it
- Improves digestion and minimizing sluggishness.
- Reduces stress, depression and anxiety- raising your body temperature has been shown to calm nerves.
- Reduces cancer risk.
- Improves your skin.
- Enhances mental performance and work productivity.
- Find a new circle of friends
These are the most common excuses I use not to exercise and some solutions I have come up with to give myself the boast I need.
- I will need to re shower wash my hair and reapply my makeup – either exercise first thing in the morning and then take a shower or later in the evening.
- Exercise is hard work and no fun – I know the more I do it the more fun it becomes, working out with a friend helps or while listening to an audio book.
- I don’t have the time! – You can always find time it’s about establishing a routine -I allow myself a treat once I have exercised. I will not allow myself to watch a TV programme or have a glass of wine unless I have done some exercise.
- I am too tired after work – I know that exercise increases blood flow which means that my heart is pumping oxygen to my brain, muscles, and tissues faster, I know it will make me more alert and less tired if I do some exercise. I am an afternoon person that’s when I am most alert so I use that time to exercise. If you are a morning person get out in the morning and get it over and done with. Going to the gym or for a walk straight after work before going home stops me getting into the “I am too tired” mindset.
- There will always be a good excuse – you just have to talk yourself out of it.
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