Make moving your body a priority

Make moving your body a priority and reap the rewards!

Did you make plans like I did to get super fit this year? New Year’s resolutions are difficult. We make decisions about our future on a day right after staying awake past midnight to celebrate the new year. We are out of routine, still on holidays and often enjoying time with family and friends. By the time Easter rolls around, it can be quite confronting if you haven’t achieved what you set out to on January 1st.

It’s never too late to start moving your body and achieving optimal health. I recently began a running program and daily gym sessions. “Where do you find the time?’ many have asked. My response – “I make time for my priorities.”

Feeling energetic, strong and full of energy is so much more achievable when we exercise. Having a goal is also extremely important. Your goal can be anything  from walking your dog five days a week to climbing a mountain in the Himalaya. Both goals in fact will produce the same effect – pushing you to exercise and in turn feel amazing.

Are you suffering from one of the following health issues below? Read further to see what type of exercise will suit you.

FATIGUE – If you are waking up in the morning feeling sluggish, or finding it hard to concentrate at work after lunch, it sounds like fatigue is becoming a problem. Checking your B vitamins, iron and CoQ10 is important. Exercise can be difficult for those suffering fatigue as it is hard to get started. What I suggest is waking up 30 minutes earlier, having a big glass of water and walking for 10 minutes down your street then 10 minutes back. Your goal should be to get further each time, maybe one day soon your power walk will turn into a light jog. After only three or four days your joints will be limber, your muscles relaxed and your blood will be pumping to the brain delivering the nutrients it requires for energy.

OSTEOPOROSIS – For those of us over the age of 55, bone density screening is important. Brittle bones are often caused by many years of coffee, tea and soft drink consumption. A deficiency in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, boron, vitamin D and silica can also be to blame. We strengthen our bones by using the muscles around them. Try lifting light weights, as well as using your body weight to climb stairs. There are many wonderful videos on YouTube on how you can begin a simple weights session from your own home.

INSOMNIA – When you go to bed at night and find it hard to fall asleep, consider this – have you moved your body enough today to have expelled your excess energy? The body was designed to move, and if you don’t get your blood pumping each day, even for as little as 20 minutes, your brain will not like the idea of sleep. Take a walk after dinner, it will help you digest your food and get your body and brain ready for sleep.

CONGESTED SKIN – We need to sweat! Our skin is the largest organ of the body. It does a wonderful job of removing toxins, but this can only happen effectively if we drink enough water and sweat. Any physical activity that raises our heart rate will make us sweat. Bike riding, aerobics, a brisk walk or skipping is a quick way to get the heart rate up. Raising our heart rate will help with weight loss and keep our cardiovascular system healthy.

So start tonight. Take that walk, text a friend and arrange a time to meet and do something active. Take a look at the local gyms, rock climbing centres, public pools or bushwalking clubs. Good luck!


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