If I had a dime for every time one of my clients told me “I hate exercise”, I would be a millionaire! It makes me so sad because I know the importance of exercise. You see, our bodies were made to move. God did not create us to be sedentary. But somewhere along the way over the last 50 years, we transitioned from doing jobs that required a lot of physical activity to desk jobs. Kids went from playing outside to playing video games, and our health has taken a serious toll.
We are at very scary rates in America for both obesity and also heart disease. Both are part of what we call metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and high cholesterol that we see in so many Americans. The number of cancer diagnosis is also at an all time high. Have you ever looked at the number of adults in this country that are on medication for anxiety and depression? When I start a new person on a Plexus regimen, this is one of the things I always find out. What health issues do they have and what prescriptions do they take? It is shocking to me how many meds people are on at one time.
I tell you all of this because I want you to see what being inactive is doing to us as a society. And I also want you to have a better understanding of the term exercise.
Getting exercise and being active doesn’t have to mean you run a marathon or hit the gym five times per week. I truly think that when people say they hate exercise, what they really mean is that the traditional concept of exercise is not appealing to them. Guess what? That is totally AOK! Don’t get me wrong, I cannot describe the feeling it gave me to complete me first half-marathon, or the second one with a broken back, but what I can tell you is that I get that running and cross-fit and being a gym rat are just not for all of us.
So let’s get rid of some negative ideas about exercise. I have clients who have numerous health issues and physical issues that make traditional exercise regimens not possible. There are lots of things we can do! If you even just take a nice 30 minute walk three times a week, you are improving your health in a big way over zero exercise. Don’t have a safe place to walk? Pick your favorite 30 minute TV show or the nightly local news and walk in place while you watch. Your body is moving the same way it would be moving if you were walking outside or on a walking track.
Some days, I just put on my favorite tunes and dance around the house looking like a complete fool, BUT, singing and moving my body and getting my exercise in while doing it and not caring how silly I look! It is all about moving and getting the heart pumping and the blood flowing. Start slowly and do what you are able to do and build up from there. If you love to swim, SWIM, if you love to bike, BIKE! We have to choose an activity we enjoy or else we will not stick with a regular routine. If the idea of working out in a gym with other people makes you nauseated, don’t do it! I actually have people who do everything in their living rooms and use water bottles and canned goods for weights. It doesn’t matter what movement you choose as long as YOU MOVE!
You will be AMAZED at the difference in your moods, appetite, stamina, and so much more after just a few weeks of getting 30 minutes of movement 3 times per week! Remember, your heart is your biggest muscle so take care of it and get it pumping and get that blood flowing! Your body will thank you! Note- if you are not on a regular exercise regimen, please see your doctor and get cleared for exercise before starting any new regimen.