“Physical activity belongs in the spirituality dimension, due to its level of personal commitment and integrity.” – Unknown
Being physically active is one of the most life changing actions that can benefit your physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being.
Researchers have found that being inactive is equal to smoking a pack of cigarettes. So, let’s get going!
Exercising can also improve your energy level and make you feel better overall. It will engage your body to produce endorphins (which are natural mood enhancers) and help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
There are numerous advantages for your health and well-being so don’t overcomplicate it—just put on a pair of running shoes and walk. Breathe deeply and put one foot in front of another.
Walking is a great activity that increases blood circulation and oxygen to the brain, and will help to lower blood pressure. It helps to “clear your mind” and energize your body.
Check with your doctor before trying anything new and always monitor how you are feeling and listen to your body as it guides you in your activity.
My exercise of choice is yoga. It helps keep my joints loosened up, and my back stretched. It also encourages me to breathe deep and long, which oxygenates the brain and encourages relaxation.
The important point here is to get off the couch, turn off the television, and be active!
- Take the dog for a walk.
- Ride a bike.
- Walk up a stairwell in your building at work.
- Park further away to get groceries.
- Join a fitness club if it helps you stay active.
- Ask a friend to walk with you! This will increase the chances of your success.
- Play catch with your son or daughter or kick a ball around.
It doesn’t have to be a regimented work out program. Do what you love and enjoy doing it is the key to being active!
Remember: If you are beginning any activity program it is important to check with your doctor to ensure it is right for you!
Don’t fool yourself though, sometimes exercise feels like just plain old work! It isn’t always easy to stay on track of health and fitness goals.
There are days when I would do anything to avoid exercising, yet just 10 minutes on my bike, and those endorphins pick me up and get me going!
Medical research has shown that endorphins, the body’s natural painkillerssecreted by the pituitary gland during physical activity, are more stimulating than cocaine, and of course, a lot better for you.
The rewards for your efforts are a healthier, happier, longer life with your partner, children and grandchildren. Don’t gyp them from their greatest asset, YOU!
As Nike says, “Just Do It”!
All the B.E.S.T. my friends, and many blessings,