Explaining the Exercise Principles – Part 1

September 24

1. Daily activity is essential to overall health.
When I was a kid I was active from sun up to sun down. I couldn’t wait to go outside and play. My day was filled with running, biking and swimming and I never gave it much thought.{+} I didn’t need to be prodded or rewarded for going out to play. That was the reward for taking care of my responsibilities, like household chores and schoolwork.

When it comes to play—my boys are the same way. They always have time for play, but not so much time for cleaning the garage, or washing down the patio. For them, playing and being active is their way of life.

If we have so much fun being active as kids, what causes us to suddenly slow down when we become adults? Sure we have many more responsibilities but we have something more. We have more freedom as adults. We are free to make our own decisions about where we go and what we do with our time.

When did exercise and play become more of a task or chore than a fun activity that you looked forward to as your reward for the day? How did it go from exciting and enjoyable to mundane and boring?

It’s still in there, you know. That affection for movement, that desire to be active, is still within you. You’ve just got to get up and shake that bootie. Girl, you have got to re-discover playtime.

You’re all grown up now, so no one dictates your time and how you spend it. Each second of your day is within your power. Can you spare 30 minutes to a life changing activity? Can you let yourself play for just 30 minutes each day?

Ever notice how good it feels to take a walk after a big meal? Do you ever get the desire to get out and be active after having been cooped up in the house because of a snowstorm or a rainy spell?

When you need emotional or mental release, do you find that taking a walk or riding a bike lifts your spirits? Why do we have these urges?

We crave movement because we are built for action. Physical activity is good for the body, mind and soul. It will strengthen you, improve your cognitive abilities and lift your spirit and mood to a higher level.

Our bodies are designed to move! We need to keep moving throughout our lives in order to maintain not only healthy muscles but to keep all of our internal systems in tip top shape as well.

2. 30 minutes a day is all it takes to improve or maintain your overall health.
Why spend hours in a gym or on a running trail when as little as thirty minutes of moderate exercise is enough to improve or maintain your physical health?

If you’re like me, you have got a busy schedule. With three boys and five different agendas to keep up with, my Super Woman powers are stretched to the max. Some things get done while other tasks get postponed.

Before I began exercising regularly, I longed to find time to work out. I knew exercise provided a bundle of health benefits and that was something I couldn’t live without. When I decided to make exercise a part of my life, I had to reorganize my schedule in order to create 30 minutes every day that I could call my own. It wasn’t always easy but it sure has been worth it.

Knowing I can maintain my fitness regimen in 30 minutes a day gives me a feeling of accomplishment. I feel great after my daily workout and am ready to conquer the day. My Superwoman powers undergo a complete rejuvenation and I am ready to take on the world, or at least the grocery store aisles.

How is your fitness program treating you? Are you active every day for at least 30 minutes? Do you know how to train your body to work for you instead of against you. Are you interested in how exercise can provide health benefits to you? If so, come along with me as I take you through the 30 Minutes to a New You exercise plan.

With 1440 minutes given to you each day, surely you can spare 30 minutes for a life changing investment. It will take a little adjustment on your part, if you aren’t used to dedicating 30 minutes to yourself. You’ll have to find ways of sticking to the program, but it will be worth it in the end.

3. Think it, believe it, achieve it.
Thinking your way thin, sounds like a great philosophy, doesn’t it? We all know that losing weight is a whole lot more complicated than just thinking the pounds away. But the truth is that every great accomplishment starts with a thought, an idea, a plan.

We make decisions every day. Some decisions are almost natural, while others take a great deal of thought. Starting an exercise program requires a great amount of thinking and willpower. It also requires desire, dedication and commitment.

The brain has so much influence over the success of your fitness program. You have to convince your brain that exercise is essential to your good health. But how do you do that?

By constantly feeding your brain the positive message that exercise is good for you. Exercise makes you feel energized. Exercise makes you look sexy. Exercise is fun. 30 minutes spent on exercising yields superior results.

Make exercise a part of your life by commanding your mind to accept it as a way of life. You are in control of everything you do—that includes everything you think, too.

Once your mind believes that exercise is your new way of life, it will accept it as the norm. When you try to skip out on your work out, you’ll get a yucky feeling that you aren’t doing something that you are supposed to. That nagging feeling is the power of the brain. Learn to train your brain for maximum results in everything you do.

So think it, get excited about it, and commit to an exercise program that will give you the body that you desire. If you believe it, you can achieve it.

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  1. So true – Think it, Believe it, Achieve it. I’m going to start and end
    my day with these positive thoughts – and re-inforce during the day too!

  2. Lynne Crafford on 09/24/2009 at 5:43 am
  3. Great! Positive thoughts achieve positive results!

  4. ElmarieEnslin on 10/02/2009 at 3:02 am

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