Exercise is the final piece of staying healthy. It really does give you more energy and is an amazing stress reliever.
Less stress = healthier you
Daily exercise doesn’t have to be an hour long workout or trip to the gym. Simply fitting some type of physical activity into each day will reap huge benefits – especially if your prior exercise level was zero!
The trifecta of healthy exercise includes cardio, weight bearing and stretching. All three are important, so you need to be sure to include some form of each of them into your routine every week.
Cardio is anything that gets your heart pumping. It’s important for heart and lung function, and helps burn calories. Walking or running is probably the easiest way to get your cardio – aim for 30 minutes a day most days of the week. All you need is a good pair of shoes and some water. Classes at the gym or via DVD or YouTube are another fun option.
Weight bearing exercises such as lifting weights (light ones are fine) or using your body (think pilates or even old school exercises like push ups and squats) are important for strenghtening your muscles. These exercises are the ones that keep you looking lean and feeling strong. They are critical for us to maintain that muscle mass and bone density as we get older, so please don’t forget to do some of these each week – a few times a week is sufficient.
Stretching helps keep us loose and feeling good (less achy), and is also a fantastic stress reliever. Yoga, pilates or even just simply doing a few simple stretches will do the trick – try to stretch for at least 5 or 10 minutes each day.
If you are looking for something different, one of my favorite exercise experts, Erin Stutland, is going to do a FREE 5-day exercise challenge. I’ve done them in the past and will definitely be participating in this one too. She releases a short 5 minute video each day for five days. The videos are fun and an excellent little work break. You’ll get your heart pumping and get in the habit of moving your body daily. The challenge begins October 9th and you can sign up right HERE.
So this month, if you aren’t already, start walking and stretching daily, try to do a few squats and push ups each week and then next month you’ll be ready to take it to the next level with Erin’s Say It, Sweat It challenge!
Don’t forget to join me Thursday at 2:30 EST on Facebook where I’ll share some of my favorite simple stretches – ones you can do sitting at your desk, and share my latest Young Living order.