Eating healthy foods is important, but it’s only part of the equation. Another very important part of long-term health is exercise. And while we all know it’s true, there’s nothing wrong with a little reminder is there? 😉
And because I want you to know that I really do put my money where my mouth is, I’m posting a video of myself during my 35 minute cardio workout. I was getting pumped for the 50 minute cardio workout that I do with my workout buddies, but as you can see I was already sweating my guts out.
For the record, I’m not suggesting that everyone needs to do 85 minutes of cardio per day to lose weight. Obviously, I still have more to lose than most. And I don’t always do 85 minutes. I typically do 30 to 50 minutes of cardio, I spend the same amount of time on weight training too (and not all at once. Just saying.)
Our hearts love exercise, and our bodies really do crave it. I’m telling you the truth. Your body would rather feel your heart racing than to feel too full because you’ve just eaten a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
How can I prove that’s true? Well, I’m not a medical doctor, but I can tell you that when I complete a workout I feel excited..I feel happy and proud of myself which usually leads me to come home and tidy up the place or make something extra yummy for dinner. In short, I feel energized.
And I’m sure all of you would agree that you don’t feel motivated exert extra effort when you’re stuffed. The fact is that when we eat more than we should at once, we feel tired…at very least, we feel lazy thus proving my point that the body likes our healthy choices better. 🙂
Life is ours to enjoy. And the choices we make everyday mold our level of happiness. Exercise = endorphins, and endorphins make us happy. I can’t speak for you, but I’d be willing to bet that when you’re out enjoying the fresh air or shopping or (insert activity that you love) you’re much happier than you are when you’re on the couch channel surfing for hours on end.
We have busy lives…We get tired. Believe me, I get it. But it doesn’t take nearly as long as you’d think to turn it around. When I started exercising I did not love it. But I kept doing it, and soon I loved how I felt when I was done (proud, accomplished, etc.) Then I began looking forward to my workouts, and now I crave them. Yes, you read that right..I crave my workouts more than I crave any food.
So if you don’t exercise then start now. And if you do, I’d love to know how you feel about it. Am I right? Do you enjoy exercise? Or do you just power through it because you know you should?