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STEP 8 - EXERCISE

Exercise does more than just burn calories. It can positively influence many components of health, including body chemistry and physiology. Proper exercise expends calories during and after activity, promotes better sleep, decreases cravings for unhealthy food, and can even elevate cognitive function.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Burns calories stored as fat

  • Strengthens heart and lungs

  • Strengthens muscles and bones

  • Improves mobility and flexibility

  • Reduces stress and improves rest

  • Enhances mood and emotional outlook

To achieve a well-rounded fitness routine, incorporate aerobic, strength, and flexibility training into your exercise each week.

 

1. Aerobic—walking, jogging, sprinting

 

2. Strength—weights & calisthenics

 

3. Flexibility—stretching, dance, yoga

As a beginner, start out with small little steps. Don't go to the gym and work out for three hours straight.

CREATE A HABIT FIRST. Start small with some gentle stretches each day. When that becomes a habit, start to build some aerobic and/or strength activities to your week. Aim for 10 minutes three times a week. Once that becomes a habit, add five minutes until you hit 45–60 minutes.

Not everyone enjoys exercising in the same way. If you are unhappy with your current exercise routine, be creative. Mix it up so you can find excitement and stay committed. Try something new like biking, dancing, gardening, yoga, swimming, or walking.

QUESTION – WHAT LITTLE HABIT CAN YOU WORK INTO YOUR EXERCISE PLAN?

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