Recipes for Life – E is for Exercise

Part 2 of 7

The second ingredient into the bowl of life as part of the recipes for life programme is E…for Exercise tips specific to help the problem or area we are focusing on in the recipe. E.g. skipping is powerful for a happy heart muscles, rebounding on mini trampoline are super for getting lymph moving to help with weight loss, poor energy, poor sleep etc.

There is no doubt about it, I’m sure you will agree when you get out in mother nature for your walk, your game of golf, or you spend time in your garden you feel the immediate benefit. The advice for increased physical activity is strongly linked to overall healthy lifestyle recommendations because it affects energy balance and the risk of lifestyle-related diseases. Reports indicate that being physically active for at least 30 minutes daily reduces the risk of developing obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and colon cancer…

If exercise is that great, then why aren’t you doing it consistently?

Before I answer that here are more benefits of regular exercise no matter what your age…greater body flexibility, aerobic endurance, agility and coordination, strengthening of bones and muscles, lower body fat levels, blood fats, blood pressure etc. Physical activity makes you feel better physically and encourages a more positive mental outlook. The reasons I hear for not putting into practice this wonderful ingredient in the recipe for life is the weather is too bad, too tired, too lazy, not bothered, too busy, no time…

I always believe when there is a will there is a way, even if you can’t run, jump or skip, can you do gentle movements in your chair to begin with, can you lift 500ml bottle of water in each hand while watching TV? Start thinking of simple, easy, practical things you can do, BUILD on it EVERYDAY.

Make exercise FUN. Aim to start off with little things like running on the spot as hard as you can while waiting for the kettle to boil, walk your dog, jog or walk with a friend as a social occasion, go the park and cycle with the kids, go swimming once a week, run up the stairs instead of walking, walk instead of driving, deep breathing and holding, then exhaling bit by bit is fantastic at toning inner muscles. The key is 1. Get the mind-set right, 2. Commit to it realistically to suit your own lifestyle and free time 3.Find something you really enjoy and DO IT!

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