Why exercise? It’s time consuming, hard work and you’ll probably get sweaty. However the upsides to exercising completely outweigh the down sides.
If it was possible to ‘bottle’ exercise, whom ever was in control of the patent would become the richest person on the planet over night such are the myriad powerful health benefits of regular exercise.
The motivation to move and exercise should be as simple as you’ll live longer but also live better for longer with less morbidity (bad health) in later life.
But that can seem a long time away to most of us, so maybe you need other types of stimulus to spur you on to ‘Move, move, move!’
Regular exercise can be hard work but it will enable you to feel good during and afterwards. Humans release naturally occurring ‘feel good’ chemicals when exercising. These give the exerciser a ‘buzz’ which can last beyond the exercising period. Another term for this ‘buzz’ is ‘runner’s high’, but you don’t have to be a runner to experience it and it is totally legal.
Regular exercise will help you to look good. Exercise is excellent for the skin, increasing the blood supply to that organ (as well as to everywhere else). Of course if you exercise out doors then take the necessary precautions with sunscreen (SPF 15 recommended from March to October in the UK).
So these benefits sound good but making yourself get out of bed, off the sofa or from the warmth into the cold may take additional assistance. If so then make exercise an integral part of your weekly routine. For example run part of the way home from work or join the growing cycling revolution instead of standing on a crowded train or tube. This also saves time as you then wouldn’t have to exercise when you get home. Or give over a section of the evening a few times a week to do something active. Involve your friends and/or partner. Or make new associations at the gym, running club or in a sports team.
Sign up for a class/personal training sessions/subscription for a season and then be spurred on to make the most of the financial commitment you have just made.
Chose an exercise type you actually like and as you get better at it, the enjoyment alone will be enough to keep you coming back for more.
Set a goal such as a race, event or match and tailor your exercise programme to achieve this. Once achieved, take a couple of weeks as a well deserved rest and plan your next goal.
And don’t give up especially if you are a new exerciser. The first three months, but particularly the first six weeks are the hardest. However things do get easier once you have developed the strength and fitness, which take around 4- 6 weeks to increase significantly.
Make your mantra ‘Move, move, move!’ and become a life longer exerciser.