I began my fitness quest after a trip to Turkey in 2009. Some of our tour group members missed out on seeing some of the sites because of physical limitations. On that day, I vowed that I didn’t want to miss out on any opportunity due to being unfit.
I make it a regular habit to go to the gym three days a week. It is an important part of maintaining my physical health. I’m not a “beast” or even that thin anymore, but I know the value of moving to maintain my strength, flexibility and cardio health.
When I’m feeling blue, I tend to hide. One of the first things I do is skip my gym nights. BAD IDEA! Because exercise in not only good for your physical well-being, it is also good for your psychological well-being.
Exercise releases endorphins – the feel good neurotransmitter. After a workout, I am energized and feeling more positive.
Exercise is a great stress reliever and relieves tension both physically and mentally. I am pleasantly relaxed.
Exercise is a great confidence booster. When you can lift more weight, walk, run or bike a little farther or touch your toes, there is a great sense of personal accomplishment. (more than once a new milestone at the gym makes it onto my one little thing list)
Exercise helps you sleep better. A good workout and a hot shower and I’m set for a good night’s sleep. I wake up fully rested and ready to start the next day!
Exercise may enhance memory, protect your brain against deterioration and boost your immune system. Who doesn’t want a better brain?
It doesn’t take much – even 30 minutes three times a week can provide benefits.
So lace up those sneakers and get a move on! For some more fitness inspiration, visit my fitness board on Pinterest.