When you look in the mirror how do you feel? If you are unhappy with what you see, the first thing we think about is ‘I have to stop eating crap’ correct?
But what about exercise? Why isn’t this considered just as important? I will tell you why. Instant results. By going on a ‘juice cleanse’ or a ‘lemon detox’ or some form of diet, you will see quicker results.
And that is 100% true. However, the problem with this option is that IF you do this, you are going to experience a ‘quick-fix’ with massive long-term effects.
Let me explain.
Exercise produces a chemical called ‘endorphins’ This chemical allows us to experience a feeling of happiness, which causes us to be less stress, anxious and less depressed.
In other words, exercise makes you happy. When you are happy, you feel better and it starts having an instant positive effect on those who you are around.
Exercise also boosts a chemical called ‘metabolism’ This chemical is what your body uses for normal functioning and sustaining life, including breaking down food and drink to energy and building or repairing your body.
Exercise is great for improving self-esteem/confidence. When we are confident, we see the world differently that helps us in all areas of life. Becoming close to our partner and loves one. Being more productive at work. Being able to smile without it forced.
Exercise also improves your sleep. Studies have shown those who regularly exercise. Recent research has shown that exercise decreases sleep complaints and insomnia.
So, how long should we exercise for? According to lifeeducation.com, they say 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate physical activity or 1 to 2 ½ hours of vigorous physical activity each week.
This equivalates to around 25 – 45mins per day for moderate and just 10 – 25mins per day of vigorous. When you realise that you have 168 hours every week, we aren’t asking for much.
To put it simply, exercise will bring out happiness, will stop you from putting on weight easily and sleep well. Who doesn’t want that!
Of course, it’s easier said than done. As humans, we are programs to always take the easy option and when we finally have the motivation to actually get up and do it, something always gets in the way.
If this is you – we can help. We have helped other clients just like you stay committed to their health.