The feared word…EXERCISE! Who feels sick even hearing the word, hands up?!
What if we change it from something that is feared to something we feel challenged by? No matter how fit or unfit you are, everyone can be challenged. Everyone can train themselves to be better, to run faster, longer, to do 10 more push ups, to not be out of breath at the top of the stairs. There is always a challenge, find your challenge and strive for it. Make it your aim to reach it, smash it and then challenge yourself more!
Since it’s the start of September, I have challenged myself with a new training schedule. I am upping my runs, and doing more classes than I normally do. I get a kick out of the feel good factor of exercise, the pain motivates me! I was definitely challenged last week when I started the new routine but I felt better for it. I felt stronger, I felt fitter and I felt like I had achieved something. It has taken me a longggggg time to get here but I love being active and I want to encourage you all to join the journey.
Exercise does more than physical benefits – let’s take a little detour and have a look at some of the benefits.
- Reduces stress
- Improves sleep
- Improves circulation
- Lowers blood pressure
- Boosts immune system
When combined with attempts to fuel your body correctly it allows you to be a healthier and stronger you.
Now when I say exercise and being active I don’t mean that everyone has to run 6 miles a day. It starts with small choices to be active. It involves the conscious decision to take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away when you go to Tesco, take one day to cycle to work. Do what the next step is for you. Do 11 push-ups instead of 10, lift 10kg instead of 8kg. Step it up slightly. Push yourself to do one more squat when your legs are telling you to lie down. You know what your next challenge is.
Push yourself today. Be ACTIVE everyday. Your body and your mind will thank you for it.