Whether I am out at the park, grocery shopping or waiting for my kids at school I hear many life stories from people. Everyone has a story and a very interesting one at that. We can learn a lot by being by the playground and meeting new friends ourselves. Eventually I when i am out at these places, I tell people that I am a fitness trainer and I start hearing people's weight gain or loss stories. I love hearing other people's stories because it makes us realize that in many ways, we aren't so different. From what I gather out there we spend so much time caring for other people, whether it be husbands, aging parents or children that we often don't find time for ourselves. Women in general and some men have time issues. I hear I don't have time to exercise I have to take my kids to ______ (fill in the blank) or I can't find the time to work out and at the end of the night I am sooooo tired! Amen to that :) I completely understand the tribulations of being a parent and finding the time to work out. I also understand finding the energy.
But what if i told you that working out can bring you so much energy. It may seem like such an oxymoron that something that takes energy may give you energy back. Think of it this way, the more energy you expend, the more oxygen and blood you will get flowing to all your vital organs, including your heart, lungs and brain. The more blood flow to these areas, the more you will feel awake, alive and happy. The more you feel this way, the more you will want to feel this way. It's a cycle of feel good hormones (endorphins) and blood traveling through your body.
Some other things I hear are "Oh I didn't work out a day in my life and I shed all this weight." to "Why should I have to exercise? It's so much work and I can't see the results fast enough."
It is true that exercise can be a lot of work - If you make it so! Exercise can be - dare I say it - FUN! You can incorporate exercise into your life. Exercise doesn't have to be about going to a gym and getting on a treadmill - although if that is what you like then GO FOR IT!
Exercise can be about enjoying playing/running around with your kids (up to 173 calories burned in an hour), going for a leisure bike ride (up to 180 calories burned in an hour), swimming laps (up to 400 calories in an hour) or joining a rigorous fitness class and meeting new friends (400-600 calories burned in an hour) anything that is activity related can be considered exercise. The important thing is that you get out there and do get your heart pumping and your legs moving.
Lets flip the coin for a second and consider what would happen if you didn't exercise.
Even if you are young, you must consider the long term affects of not getting your heart pumping, besides the obvious physical aspects. Let's even take that out of the equation for a minute. When you stop or don't start to exercise, you can be doing a lot of long term damage to yourself. There is the breakdown of calcium which leads to osteoporosis and osteoarthritis; a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. You can change those just by starting an exercise regiment today. You can also have fat buildup around the abdomen, which can lead to heart disease and more frighteningly Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes or Adult Onset Diabetes can lead to heart and blood vessel disease, nerve, kidney & eye damage and even Alzheimer's disease.
Whether you just walk in the park, go for a run , or take classes, exercise is a very critical part to add into your life. Exercise will help you to enjoy the best years of your life, give you the confidence you desire and the healthy mindset to enjoy your life to the fullest.
Find a friend, make a friend or make your support system your family! Either way, get out there today and make your healthy jump today.
Live from The Inside Out :) Carla