I really enjoy exercising. Yes, it’s true!
My job in the morning is working a ranch and taking care of 40+ horses. I lift over 1,500 pounds and I walk 3 to 5 miles everyday.
Do I like adding exercise to my routine everyday? Most of the time. The easiest exercise for me to do when I return home from work is to add another mile or two to my daily total. Do 100 – 150 crunches and to do 25 – 50 dead lifts. That is enough for me. I wish I could do more, but hey I would say that accomplishing these totals every week are pretty darn good for a woman of 53!
These are my five favorite reasons I really enjoy exercise. I would love to hear from you in the comment section below your favorite reason.
Exercise Is Excellent for Your Bones and Muscles.
As we age, we tend to lose muscle mass and function, which can lead to injuries and disabilities. Scheduling regular physical activity in to our day is essential to reducing muscle loss and maintaining strength as we age.
Also, exercise helps build bone density when we’re younger, in addition to helping prevent osteoporosis later in life.
Exercise Can Make You Feel Happier and More Content.
Exercise has been shown to improve our mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. It produces changes in the parts of the brain that regulate stress and anxiety. Additionally, exercise can increase the production of endorphins, which are known to help produce positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain.
Exercise gives me a feeling of accomplishment. It will also help me in making better eating choices during the day. I don’t want to ruin the hard work of exercise by overeating or making wrong food choices.
Exercise can Increase Your Energy Level.
When I am dragging and feeling tired I have found the best way to give myself a boost is to exercise. Getting out in the sun and going for a quick walk around the block or jumping on my bicycle and riding a couple of miles will give me a quick pick-me-up and I will have energy to get me moving.
Exercise can improve brain function and protect memory and thinking skills.
I have always found that I am more creative and can think more clearly after I have exercised. Sometimes taking a break from a situation or a project that I am working on and going for a walk will give me clarity and bring my thoughts into focus.
Going for a walk gets you out of the space you are physically in. That in itself can be an important help to clearing your brain and getting back on track.
Exercise can improve your sleep.
There have been many studies on the effects of exercise on sleep have reached similar conclusions. The energy depletion that occurs during exercise stimulates repairing processes during sleep.
I have found that it is easier for me now that I’m older to set a timer for myself when I’m at home working. I love using the tomato-timer.com to break up my time when I’m sitting at the computer. I set it for 30 – 45 minutes of work and then 15 minutes of exercise. The fifteen minutes is perfect for a Leslie Sansone Miracle Mile, crunches or weight lifting.