Exercise is the most effective anti – ageing pill ever discovered!
We now know that there is a difference between being active to improve health and being active to get fit. But this has created confusion about what we actually need to do; so much so that when we decide to take action, we can’t figure out how and where to get started!
Remember -small steps can help you feel better about yourself and positively affect well being and body.
Exercise means different things to different people. It may mean sweat and tears on the rugby, pitch, hordes of sweaty bodies pounding flesh in the gym, the lone runner crossing barren terrain, or just plain and simple walking. However, we all seem to be in agreement about one thing; we need to do exercise to become fitter and healthier.
Exercise makes us feel good, improves our health reduces our stress and slows down the ageing process. To enjoy the benefits it does not have to be as arduous as you may think.
Benefits of Exercise:
1) Physical activity reduces obesity.
2) Exercise protects post –menopausal women against diabetes.
3) Exercise alleviates depression.
4) Regular exercise reduces blood pressure.
5) Exercise reduces bad cholesterol levels.
6) Exercise improves glucose intolerance.
7) Exercise reduces the risk of injury to the skeletal muscles.
8) Boots up your energy level.
9) Promotes better sleep.
10) Improves quality of life.
Following are the common excuses to skip workouts:
1) I’m tired, I can’t wake up early
2) I compare myself to others
3) Its too hard
4) I don’t know how to use gym equipments
5) I don’t have time
6) I am not feeling motivated
7) I don’t know where to start
8) Household work is good exercise
9) I am going on holiday
10) Kids are small
11) I don’t enjoy exercise
12) I can’t afford a gym membership
How to overcome excuses:
1) One should consider the sleep pattern, go to bed earlier at night and can get up and have time for workout in the morning.
2) As you are feeling tired you should try include foods rich in magnesium. e.g. whole wheat, spinach, quinoa, almonds, broccoli, cashews, peanuts, dark chocolate, black beans, soy, tofu, curds etc. Also include foods rich in vitamin C. e.g. lemons, amla, citrus fruits etc.
3) If comparing yourself to others is one of your barriers to start, focus on finding out what really motivates you. Your goals are different from you friend’s goals. Know what your goals are and why you have them – and show up yourself.
4) If you have a goal in mind, focus on that instead of how difficult the workout is. You need to put effort each day and ultimately will be stronger and more confident.
5) When you step into a gym for the first time it can be overwhelming. If at you’re not sure how to use equipments ask someone there who does, like your trainer? Now a day’s a machine itself has videos.
6) Some of the most effective workouts can be done within 30 minutes. If you are short on time, some quick workouts can be chosen.
7) Motivation can come and go and you shouldn’t on motivation to reach your fitness goals.
- Break 1 big hurdle into smaller, mini hurdles can be more approachable.
- Feel like giving up? Sit down for 10 min and plan your week.
- Write simply and make a list of it in your notes on your phone.
- Play your favourite playlist of songs while lunch break.
8) There are so many ways to stay active, choose one that makes you feel best and if you have kids get them involved too!
9) If you’re going on a relaxing vacation near a beach or mountains, go for a nice long walk. Keep each thing ready you need for workout. When you are organised by your workouts, you will be less likely to make an excuse to skip them.
10) If I can’t get the gym, I can use equipments like steps, jogging, jump rope, pups ups etc.
Easy Workouts types:
1) Office workouts
2) Car workouts
3) Plane workouts
4) Playtime workouts