How are you doing today?
I hope you’re eating healthy and exercising, because I’m not!
Well, not consistently anyway.
It has been my goal since forever to exercise daily. The last time I had that goal accomplished was 6 months after I delivered my son, for 6 months I exercised an hour a day until I lost all the baby fat.
Now my son is 5 years old and my weight still fluctuates. I’m not overweight, but I’m definitely not fit. I feel like an 80 year old. Things like standing and sitting exhaust me, and I’m always tired.
I know why this is happening. I don’t eat breakfast, I don’t sleep well, and I don’t exercise daily. It’s not like I intentionally try to sabotage my life and be like this, but consistency is something I have always struggled with.
I get excited when I download a new workout app and then I get overwhelmed, lazy, busy, tired, or forget after a few days. I try to hold myself accountable by telling someone to remind me to workout but then they either don’t remind me, or they’d remind me when I’m busy.
So I came up with an idea. I need someone to follow me around the house, prepare healthy snacks for me and hand them to me, create a workout routine for me and do it with me, and then take my phone away at 10pm so I can sleep early.
Well since that’s not practical, I came up with another idea. To blog about it. Maybe if I reminded myself and others of the benefits of exercising, then I’d exercise more.
Going to the gym and for walks are currently not an option for me so I need to find a way to exercise every day at home until it becomes a habit.
Also, I ate a peach yesterday so I’m rocking it in the health department 😎 I’m pretty proud of myself right now for that.
So what are the health benefits of exercise?
- Helps you control your weight. Like I said, I’m not overweight but my weight does still go up and down, which isn’t very good.
- Reduces your risk of heart diseases. I already have a few health problems which, ironically, the doctors said I must eat healthy and exercise daily to avoid the long term complications of these problems but do I listen? No. I’m trying. I need to try harder.
- Helps your body manage blood sugar and insulin levels. Another one of those complications. I’m supposed to be on a diabetic diet. Ha. I wish.
- Helps you quit smoking. I don’t smoke but for those trying to quit, exercise!
- Improves your mental health and mood. It’s true. Sometimes, when I’m having an anxiety attack, exercising stops the attack.
- Helps keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age.
- It Is Good for Your Muscles and Bones.
- It Can Increase Your Energy Levels. My main reason for wanting to exercise daily.
- It Can Help Skin Health. Healthy skin is a combination of healthy eating, regular exercise, and finding the right lotion.
- It Can Help With Relaxation and Sleep Quality. So healthy eating, regular exercise, and sleep are all interconnected. They’re a cycle that feed on eachother.
How much exercise is enough exercise?
Moderately strenuous exercise, about 30 minutes a day, can lead to enormous benefits in terms of your mood, health, weight and the ability to live an independent and fulfilling life. The exercise doesn’t need to be athletic or difficult. My goal is 8 minutes a day but 30 minutes is definitely better.
I’m 55% exercising, meaning approximately 3 times a week
What happens if you don’t exercise?
Your muscles weaken. You will become more breathless as you do less activity. If you continue to be inactive you will feel worse, need more help and eventually even simple daily tasks will be difficult. Yep, pretty much.
What happens to your body when you start exercising regularly?
Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood.
When should you consult your doctor before you exercise?
- You have heart disease.
- You have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
- You have kidney disease.
- You have arthritis.
- You’re being treated for cancer, or you’ve recently completed cancer treatment.
- You have high blood pressure.
Is walking enough?
If you can walk independently and maintain a speed of 4-6km/h for half an hour per day, then walking is sufficient exercise. Walking needs to sustain your interest in the long term. Walking can protect against chronic diseases, and there is less risk of injury compared to other forms of exercise.
What happens when you eat healthy but don’t exercise?
You will lose weight if you eat a low-calorie diet in which you burn off more calories than you take in. Adding physical activity allows you to burn more calories than dieting alone.
Is it bad to exercise at night?
Traditionally, experts have recommended not exercising at night as part of good sleep hygiene. A study, published Oct. 29, 2018, in Sports Medicine, suggests that you can exercise in the evening as long as you avoid vigorous activity for at least one hour before bedtime.