Don't worry, I am not going to lecture you abut exercising...., but rather, I am going to offer you a few things to think about....
Regular exercise reduces our risk of major illnesses as well as decreases our risk of anxiety and depression, and as a bonus also helps us sleep.
Yet many of us do not get adequate exercise because we have adopted a sedentary lifestyle. We spend more time than ever at jobs where many of us sit all day, and our choices to relax usually include sedentary activities such as reading, watching TV, scrolling social media or staring at our phones and computers.
And to assuage our guilt for not exercising, we typically offer up excuses. I am sure I am not the only one who has told themselves the daily lie of ‘tomorrow I will go to the gym’ or ‘tomorrow I will start exercising’. Or the lie I ‘don’t have time’ to exercise.
However, consider this analysis – when bearing in mind that there are 24 hours in a day:
A 15-minute walk equates to just 1% of your day.
30 minutes of exercising equates to 2% of your day.
1-hour of exercising equates to 4% of your day.
When we consider this analysis, the excuse of having ‘no time’ falls flat.
About 5 years ago during my period of anxiety and depression I became an avid runner. I commenced running long distances ranging from between 6 and 9 miles at a time, four to five times a week.
I discovered that I loved running and noticed that when I ran my mind became clearer and calmer, and the heightened anxious state I was feeling would begin to dissipate. Once I got past the first 20 minutes of each run during which time my body and mind complained, and cursed about how much running sucked, I began to love the rhythm of my breath and the sound of the steading pounding of my feet on the pavement.
My mind would start to clear, and I would get into ‘the zone’, logging mile after mile. I began to delight in running in the cold and rain. Initially my body would scream in objection of feeling the cold air upon leaving the house with nothing but a long-sleeve thermal top and yoga pants on, but eventually, I would warm up and thrive in the raindrops splashing on my face.
I have carried on my love of running and become a marathoner in my mid 40’s.
I am not suggesting that everyone becomes a runner or marathoner, but instead, I recommend that everyone finds a physical activity that they enjoy that they can commit to for at least 30 minutes each day.
If you commit to this you will not only feel physically better for it, but your mindset will benefit as well, causing you to feel reduced: anxiety, depression, stress and mental fatigue.
Exercise overall increases your quality of life.
Key questions to ask yourself: