What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘fall’? I know I think of slowing down, long dark nights, excuses not to do too much and hibernating like Yogi bear.
‘Spring’ on the other hand…screams rebirth, rejuvenation, energy, action and movement! Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, most people are finding that not only are their moods starting to improve, but so too are their energy levels.
So what to do with all that excess energy???
We all know the positive benefits of regular exercise (combats health conditions or diseases, helps maintain weight loss, improves mood to name just a few). We all know we should do it. But HOW do we make ourselves move more?
First and foremost, we need to remove the negative connotation associated with exercise and instead include it as part of our daily routine. Just as brushing your teeth is a regular part of your day, so too must ‘movement’ be. I don’t mean that you have to go to the gym every day. But the best determining factor of how committed a person will be to exercise is whether or not they enjoy it. So if you hate getting on the treadmill, don’t do it.
There are so many ways to increase your movement that doesn’t involve doing something you loathe. Does the garden need tending? The dog, no doubt, needs to be walked and if you have young kids they are always looking for someone to kick a ball around with. Enlist a friend to go for walks. You will less likely to ‘skip it’ if someone is counting on you. At work, take a five minute ‘movement break’ every hour. Walk up and down a flight of stairs or around the office. Do some abdominal exercises while sitting in your chair.
Trust me, the more you start to move, the better your body will start to feel and the more you are going to want to ‘get physical’ on a daily basis! There is nothing that your band will prevent you from doing. Don’t use this as an excuse.
So, I have to say it…I know it is a cliché…but let’s “Spring into Action” and get moving!
Yours in Health and Fitness,
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