Thought for the day…
I will take body aches, soreness and stiffness any day from exercise and hard work than from my autoimmune disorders; at least I know why I’m aching.
This fall is going to be a new beginning for me. We are moving and I’m really looking forward to it.
Currently I’m working on getting my house ready to sell and I’m getting exercise in a whole new way.
I have finished painting the entire inside of the house. I haven’t been on my feet for such long periods of time, but I don’t mind. My work on the house usually begins around 6 am and I’m usually wrapping up by 6 pm. Some days fatigue sets in. I’ve had a couple of days where I felt sick from working so hard. I found that working two days and then taking it easy for one day and then working the next two days keeps the fatigue at bay. The corners of my mouth cracked for over a week due to stress. That isn’t very attractive while it is happening, and I’m so glad that they have healed.
Painting isn’t my only exercise. I worked with my husband and we put in a new garden in the front yard for extra curb appeal. Then I did a lot of work on the backyard. (I have more to do, and that begins very soon!)
Boxing up our stuff is another form of exercise. Moving the boxes once they are packed is another exercise all in itself. De-cluttering and taking things to the second hand shops gives me another chance to move the furniture and items that haven’t been used for a long time.
I am looking forward to this work being done! When I’m finished I am going back to working out daily with my Leslie Sansone videos. I never thought I would miss my daily exercise routine, but I do.
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.
One more thing…
Does anyone else look forward to that hot shower at the end of a tiring day? It’s amazing what that one simple act can do.
tuck.com has a great read on taking a shower before bed and the benefits.
During the shower, your body heats up thanks to the water. Then, when you get out of the shower, the water quickly evaporates from your skin, cooling you down—and signaling to your brain that it’s time to sleep.