In the video I mention doing the one thing doctors believe is the most beneficial way to promote overall wellness and reduce your risk for just about every kind of disease: gentle exercise. I say “gentle” because when your body is recovering – whether from physical or emotional pain – is not the time for an intense workout program. If your body is compromised and you work out too hard, you run the risk of spending more energy than your body’s got to spare. So, save P90X or Insanity for another year.
What can you do? In addition to walking, I’ve found Yoga, Pilates, jumping on a mini-trampoline, and Tai Chi to be excellent options for seasons when I’m not up for strenuous workouts. I work from home, so even standing at the kitchen counter to work on the computer rather than sitting burns more calories and is better for my body overall. No cardio required there!
Any kind of exercise boosts the level of endorphins in our systems which, in turn, lifts our mood and lowers our feelings of stress. Endorphins are the body’s natural “feel good” molecules, so anything we can do to increase them is a good thing! Also, movement is the only way to pump lymph through the body. Our lymphatic system plays a huge role in our immune system, so we want to #moveitmoveit!
I know there have been times in my life when I didn’t think I had the time or energy to exercise regularly. And, it’s possible that you could feel that way too. But, can I just encourage you that you deserve to make taking care of your personal wellness a priority? You’ll function better and feel better if you do whatever you need to do to start making this happen! And, who benefits? First of all: YOU DO! But, secondly … everyone around you benefits when you are able to be the best version of yourself. (Not perfect … but the best possible for now.)
You may need to start with 5 minutes, once a day and work up to 5 minutes, 3 times a day. That’s okay! In fact, it’s probably easier to start with small steps that you know you can achieve than setting bigger goals that you’re not going to meet. Once you start seeing results and feeling a sense of accomplishment, you’ll want to keep going. It’s better to start small and increase than to start big, miss your marks, and get so discouraged you quit. For more easy ways to incorporate exercise, check this out: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/quick-exercise-tips-for-your-everyday-routine/
And if you still need more motivation, check out this article listing 13 ways that moderate exercise boosts mental health: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/27/mental-health-benefits-exercise_n_2956099.html
But for now, here’s a question to think about: are you currently making exercise a priority? If not, what would you have to change in order to do this for the sake of your own physical and emotional wellness?
I dare you to do something today to move, even if it’s just watching this video and dancing along!