Exercise is medicine. Repeated studies have shown that regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. It also reduces stress, anxiety, and depression.
People who exercise regularly see an improvement in their confidence, mood, overall energy, and of course, improved physical strength and endurance.
Our bodies were meant to move! We were not designed to be sedentary beings. Exercise doesn't have to be a chore, something we "have to do" because it's "good for us." It can be fun, a source of joy, something to look forward to at the end of a long day, or a welcome break from work, or a reason to get up in the morning.
The key is finding exercise that you love: something that feels good, that makes you feel good about yourself. That starts with trying new things, experimenting. AND it often means looking at our mental commentary about exercise. What thoughts come up for you when you think about working out? How do you talk to yourself while you're exercising? Are your thoughts negative, or positive? Are you encouraging to yourself, or judgmental?
Many studies have shown that positive reinforcement leads to lasting behavior change, more so than negative reinforcement. So a huge part of my training style includes lots of positive reinforcement: positive affirmations, encouragements, highlighting accomplishments and achievements.
When we focus our attention on what is working, all the good things we are doing for ourselves and the good that is already in our life, we feel better. Exercise can absolutely be one of those good things, and it starts with the way we thing about exercise and how we talk to ourselves when we are exercising.
Let exercise be medicine for you: body and mind!