Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. 🙂
Mine was, well, strange. It involved a trip to the junk yard in the rain, a foot injury that left me immobile, a house-warming party, and an earthquake. I will say no more and let you create as many crazy scenarios as you wish.:)
The past several weeks I have been basing my Monday posts on a grown up version of the Little Golden Books by Diane Muldrow. I picked this book for Minimalist Mondays because the book holds basic truths about happiness, which is not found in material possessions, but in our experiences and taking the time to enjoy the world around us. Today’s advice for a happier life:
Get some exercise every day.
There are many benefits to regular exercise including:
Weigh control Not only does exercise burn calories and fat, it helps increase your metabolism for a longer period of time.
Improved mood Exercise creates the production of endorphins which improve our mood as well as help with our overall health.
Mental clarity Exercise increases oxygen to the brain helping it to function better.
Better sleep – Studies show that aerobic exercise helps promote a good night’s sleep.However, care should be taken not to exercise too late in the evening as some people may feel too simulated to rest if they exercise just before going to bed.
Increased energy The more we exercise the more efficient our lungs and heart function. When our body is using oxygen efficiently we have more energy. Also, the more we exercise the stronger we become and the more endurance we have throughout the day.
While most of you have read these statements many times in various places I would like to add a personal note. I have spent most of my life struggling with weight. Most of my youth and early adult years my weight fluctuated like a yo-yo. In my mid thirties I became obese and weighed close to 300 pounds at one point in time. Although I heard many people talk about exercise and eating healthy I really didn’t know how to go about it. It took a lot of time, a lot of research, the support of family and friends, and determination but I eventually lost the weight to what you see in my pics today. Exercise changed my life. It is hard for me not to get emotional when I think or talk about physical fitness. It is just that important for your physical and mental well-being. Whether you walk every day, work out at the gym, play a sport, or garden, get up and move! Your life and health will improve. Maybe not over night, but it will improve.
One other thought: if you are like I was and very intimidated by the thought of exercise because others may see you and you are afraid of judgement or ridicule, it will be OK. Garden in your back yard. Walk. Walking is inconspicuous and very easy to do. Even if it is just around the block. Check out some DVD’s from the library or get a work out off of YouTube and exercise in your own home. If you want to give a gym a try, I can tell you from personal experience that most of the people at the gym will cheer you on and encourage you. I joined a gym three years ago and I have come to look forward to seeing familiar faces each time I go work out. I can not guarantee there will never be cruel or insensitive people, such is life, but don’t let them hold you back. For each person that is waiting for you to fail, many others will want you to succeed.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. What is your favorite form of exercise? Have you experienced benefits from an exercise routine? How often do you consciously work out or engage in physical activity?
Thanks for dropping by the blog!
Until next time,