Why Exercise Works
We can all make excuses why we don’t work out, from busy schedules to lack of equipment. Here are some excuses to not miss being more active daily.
Just 30 minutes of exercise approximately 5 hours before bed induces the production of melatonin and serotonin. Both of these improve and induce sleep as well as make you happy and relaxed.
Consistency, rather than long duration or hard work, produces the best results. Be consistent even on days you feel too tired or too busy. The 30 minutes you take out of your day to exercise will make all the difference on the other 23.5 hours of your day.
Not having a partner is not an excuse. If working out alone demotivates you, find an online fitness partner or buy some fitness videos to motivate you at home. (Never give out personal information online.)
Being out of shape, overweight, or having other health problems are not excuses. If you have not worked out in a while, start slowly, because even 15 minutes per day can have lasting benefits over a few weeks’ time. So take baby steps and add on new forms of exercise or increase duration time every six weeks. (Do visit your doctor before taking on any exercise regime.)
Do this for you. And only you. Getting fit for other people or events will only result in resentment later. Get fit for yourself, to feel better, have more energy, and reduce health problems and medical expenses.
Finally, exercise doesn’t have to be expensive. Do invest in a good pair of sneakers and at least one workout outfit. Other than a pair of light handweights and possibly an mp3 player, you do not need much else to keep fit. If you do want to invest in equipment, check out secondhand stores and used equipment shops for discounted equipment.
Regular exercise not only reduces our waistlines, but it also reduces incidence of disease and stress. Regular daily exercise can reduce insulin dependence, food cravings, and bouts of depression. Added bonuses include increased productivity, flexibility, and energy. Even if you split up that 30 minutes into two sessions per day, you will see benefits within the first week.
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