Life gets hectic and busy. The holidays are almost here!! We have 3 birthdays in December and I am mentally gearing up for all the festivities. I have been getting out (for me that is outside because I live in sunny Florida) and exercising to help manage my stress levels and my weight. Exercise is a big part of my Bee Healthy Challenge. Week 3 is all about adding essential exercise. Why is exercise important for a healthy mind and body? Most people understand this concept to some degree. We all need little reminders though… so here is mine.
Exercise is a big part of any health plan. I am not promoting excessive exercise (even though I have been on that side of the fence before). For those that have time for more exercise- GREAT! This post is aimed more towards light to moderate regular exercise. I have found this to be sufficient when coupled with proper diet. It is more than enough to maintain a healthy weight for most individuals. What is the biggest part of this step? CONSISTENCY!! I think being consistent is also the toughest part. Focus on consistency.
Regular moderate exercise helps in all areas of health. It helps control weight, prevent diabetes, helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles, reduces feelings of depression and anxiety, promotes psychological well being, improves sleep, reduces stress….just to name a few.
“The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability.” The Mayo Clinic discusses 7 ways exercise can improve your health. Great Source.
Here is a brief description of the 7 health improvements. 1.Exercise controls weight. 2.Exercise combats health conditions and diseases. 3.Exercise improves mood. 4.Exercise boosts energy. 5. Exercise promotes better sleep. 6. Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life. 7.Exercise can be fun. Sounds like a no-brainer right? Well I still need reminding 🙂 For further explanation please read the whole article here.
Dr. Nancy at TruthNHealth wrote and article on 10 Ways to Be More Happy. Exercise is at the top of her list for improved mental and physical health. She states, “Human bodies are designed for regular physical activity. The sedentary nature of much of modern life probably plays a significant role in the epidemic incidence of depression today. Many studies show that depressed patients who stick to a regimen of aerobic exercise improve as much as those treated with medication. Exercise also appears to prevent depression and improve mood in healthy people. Many exercise forms — aerobic, yoga, weights, walking and more — have been shown to benefit mood.” She encourages her clients to “try exercising for at least one month, but the typical therapeutic program length for proven beneficial exercise is eight to 14 weeks. You should have 3 to 4 sessions per week, of at least 20 minutes each.” Source.
This is right on target for this step! Consistency- remember?? Try to participate in moderate exercise 3-4 times a week. This includes brisk walking, light running, exercise classes, biking, yoga, swimming, weight lifting, etc. This may seem easy on paper (or onscreen) but even for me, a busy mom w/ a husband that works VERY late, it is NOT. You are not alone!
If you can check this box on your health sheet, then congratulations on passing Step 3 and move on the Step 4! Keep up the good work and stay fit! If not, then start small and work your way up. Make a goal at the beginning of each week to exercise at least 3 days. Make time. You can do it!
If your only option is working out from home, then check out this great 20 minute workout by Dr. OZ.
These are just a few suggestions. There are so many options online. Please share any others that you have tried and love! More suggestions are always better for everyone. And remember, Exercise is Essential to BEE HEALTHY!
In health and happiness,
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