I have belonged to a number of gyms in the last 20 years and one thing I have found consistent is that the gyms get really busy in January. However, by March they are less busy. I am not sure why this happens. There are probably a number of reasons. We typically get psyched at the beginning of the year with new resolutions; yet, when reality sets in we can lose focus. I do not make resolutions any more, but when I did I wanted quick results. I wanted to lose weight fast without considering that it took me years to gain weight; however, I wanted to take it all off in months.
A lot of us view exercise as a weight loss tool only; however, the benefits of exercising are numerous. Exercise can reduce your risk of developing certain diseases, including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. It can improve your mood and believe it or not can boost energy. Regular exercise improves your muscle strength and can improve your endurance. Exercise can improve your sleep and reduce stress. According to the Center for Disease Control, adults should get 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of physical activity a week. I know with our busy schedules that sounds like a lot of time, but it is actually less then 30 minutes a day.
If you made a resolution to exercise; don’t give up or get discouraged. Find exercises that you enjoy. Do you like to dance? Great, put on your favorite music and dance like no one is watching. Do you like walking? Fine, walk around the block. Do you like interacting with other people? Sign up for a fitness class. Do not view exercising as a chore make it something you enjoy. Most of us do not like chores. In fact, I try to get out of doing chores.
If you have started an exercise regimen keep it going. Do not get sidetracked. Appreciate the small gains. If you have not started exercising it is not too late. Check with your doctor first and then find a program perfect for you.
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