Part 3 of my Mind-Body connection is: Get the Blood Flowing! Now I am sure there are many creative ideas floating around after that one comment, and quite honestly I don’t care what you do to get moving and to get the blood moving. As Nike said for all those years: JUST DO IT!
To truly get the benefits of exercise for heart health (cardio) and muscle mass (strength training), you should aim to be working out 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes. This might seem like a stretch especially if you are currently not active. I don’t want you to think this is an all or nothing thing. Start slowing, today is a new week make a commitment to exercise twice this week if you are new to exercise, or 5 days if you are currently working out 2-3 times a week. Try to balance your regime with both strength or weight-bearing exercises (yoga, resistance or weight training) and cardio (walking, jogging, biking, swimming – anything where you are moving at a good pace but still able to talk).
Not only does exercise keep the body young, but it also keeps the mind vital and promotes emotional wellbeing. The key is to start off slowly, find physical activities you like, and do them regularly. You will be surprised how quickly you increase your endurance and enthusiasm for moving and breathing.
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