Too Busy to Exercise?

Gone are the days of high temperatures and even higher humidity. Beautiful Fall weather is now approaching and many of us are eager to get outside and enjoy the cooler temperatures. This makes it the perfect time to talk about the subject of exercise. Exercise has many great health benefits. Not only does it boost endorphins (the body’s “feel good” hormones) which improve your mood, it also raises your energy level, reduces stress, detoxes your body, burns calories to help you maintain a healthy weight and helps you sleep.

For many of us, due to hectic schedules, exercise has fallen to the bottom of our priorities list. Lifestyles have become more sedentary than in past generations as we go from sitting behind a computer to sitting in traffic to collapsing on the sofa in front of the T.V. when we get home, so incorporating exercise into our daily routine is now more important than ever. Even a little exercise can go a long way in helping you stay more balanced, healthy and happy.

You can begin by incorporating exercise into your day in small doses . . . park farther from your office, take the stairs instead of the elevator, take a relaxing walk at lunchtime or schedule a walk with a friend and catch up at the same time. Small changes can really add up over time and will make a big impact on your overall fitness level.

As you move forward, set aside 30 minutes, 3 times per week to exercise and put it on your calendar. Instead of making exercise feel like a difficult chore, try doing something you really love to do like dance or sports. Keep things interesting by incorporating different types of exercise into your routine instead of doing the same thing each time. For instance, take a yoga class one day, bike one day with your family and walk one day with a friend. To help your body remain flexible and strong, be sure to include some stretching as well as strength training in your exercise routine.