Most people will start a regimen of exercise because they either want to lose weight or to gain more energy.
All the exercise gurus attest to these things happening if you will only faithfully follow all the rules of working out. Seems however, the percentage of those who continue on their processes of walking or running or doing all those pushups and all things similar, gets lower as they either achieve their goal or they just simply do not continue.
How about if I could give you an absolutely positively amazing reason to continue with all those warmups and daily dozens? The interesting thing is that right now with this virus situation, we can’t even get to the gym. But we can walk, we can run, we can walk up and down stairs, we can dance around our homes, we can do stretching exercises at home. So take advantage of wherever you are to get moving.
Know that your brain will just love all that exertion!
Science has proven that exercise is not only good for your physical self, but is considered especially powerful for your brain.
Some doctors have even advocated that in the future, exercise rather than medication will improve memory issues, and thus, their prescriptions will reflect that conclusion.
Many countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands consider exercise as a first step in alleviating mild to moderate depression, rather than taking all those pills.
The advantages of exercise on the brain are very numerous:
♥ One study determined that consistent exercise could potentially delay the onset of dementia by up to 15 years.
♥ Your brain becomes “younger” in that active individuals tend to have more and healthier blood vessels.
♥ Exercise improves ability to think clearer
♥ Exercise relieves stress and anxiety
♥ Exercise reduces inflammation
♥ Exercise helps with sleep issues in that it aids in helping you get to sleep easier, and can grant you that good healthy deep sleep.
Here’s a plus to think about.
Don’t forget that household activities can also count as exercise, such as intense floor mopping, raking leaves, or anything that gets your heart pumping so much that you break out in a light sweat. Your brain benefits from even this type of movement.
Download an app on your phone that tracks how many steps you walk every day. Try for that magic number of 10,000 steps. And keep checking it so that if you come up short, it will make you want to add some more steps to that daily figure. I use one that’s called “Pacer” and there is no charge.
Make sure you get your sweat on at least 4 times a week. Pick your exercise of choice whether it’s walking, running, swimming, hiking, or biking or even just moving about your home. Remember when you exercise outside, you will also benefit from the fresh air. You’ll get in touch with nature. You’ll get that extremely essential Vitamin D from the sun. And you’ll go back inside feeling incredibly invigorated and better!
Try for a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise, walking, hiking, or swimming, three to four times a week. More is better, however, go at the amount that works for you, and know that even that a slower pace will have profound effects on the health of your brain. Let’s all come out of this shutdown we’re in feeling better than when we came in.
Remember, when you are in optimum health, you too, will love life!