Every day, I want to be stronger, healthier, more fit, and more lean. I’m not perfect, but I work really hard to move in this direction every day.
Movement plays an important role in your plan to be healthy and well. I’m learning more and more how the amount and duration of exercise in my life impacts how I am successful (or not) in achieving my goals. I’ve learned that some forms of movement do more harm to my body than good, and that I gain more benefit from other forms than other people do. It falls back to that awesome understanding that we are all completely unique beings.
Exercising at least 30 minutes a day 3 – 5 days a week can help you to not only lose weight, but it helps to increase circulation, strengthens your heart and cardiovascular system, brings more oxygen to your body, reduces stress, clears your mind, improves your body’s ability to burn fat, and properly digest the food you put into it daily. Regular exercise also improves the body’s ability to move lymph which will improve your body’s natural ability to detoxify.
Have you found the right movement for your body?
Exercise and “working out” are not necessarily synonymous.
When I work with my Coaching clients and this discussion of exercise comes up, there’s almost always this air of resistance and often objection. I don’t blame them, I’m sure not a gym rat, and I find myself feeling really self conscious in group settings. If you feel the same, don’t worry – all is not lost – but if you enjoy class settings or the gym, by all means – GO THERE!
The first step is picking what you want to do. Now, I’m a Gemini and creating variety in my life is essential for long term success. I like to do a lot of different types of movement. Some of my clients, however, benefit from picking a single form and sticking with it.
The key is picking at least one and…DOING IT.
Here are some ideas for exercise you might enjoy;
- walking briskly
- bike riding with your kids
- hiking in the woods or on a nature trail
- hula hooping
- jump roping
- martial arts
- Belly Dancing
As I expressed before, I am loving diversity in my movement. I swim, walk, run, do yoga, and Pilates. I also am known to jump on my sons’ Xbox Kinect from time to time to play a game that I enjoy.
What’s your favorite way to move your body?
The second step is to enjoy your movement! I know when I walk outside, it’s a completely different experience than if I’m on the treadmill in our basement. (not a basement fan.) However, if I simply turn on the Kindle and find a book or video, I’m entertained and that half hour goes by pretty quickly.
When you chose your movement, the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it. We don’t get much by just mimicking action, rather put your love, passion, and energy into it and you’ll burn more calories!
Finally, don’t bother with an exercise or environment that stresses you out. If you feel stressed, ditch that plan! We women are really good at producing the stress hormone Cortisol. Cortisol causes your body to store fat, even if it’s created during exercise.
How will you chose to move today?