Before I started working in an office, I exercised martial arts three times a week. But then, after I started my new job at the office, I lacked the motivation and the time.
About four weeks ago, I started exercising 15 â€“ 20 min morning before having breakfast.
Usually I wake up at 06:15, then I cuddle a bit with Sanna, gets dressed, drinks a moutful of water and then gets outside for a 3-min jog to get the morning newspapers.
After that I start exercising, by using my own body weight as resistance.
Push-ups, sit-ups, dips, squats, back lifts and other well known exercises.
It’s totally worth it! Instead of feeling drowsy and weak, I feel energized and alert.
Exercising is proved to have a very positive effect on your life and overall well-being.
It’s not for nothing that HealthyOntario.com states:
â€Physical activity is a key factor in the health and quality of life for Canadians of all ages. It is essential for healthy growth and development in childhood: it develops a strong, healthy heart; muscular strength and flexibility, and bone density. It also contributes to maintaining healthy weight, building positive self-esteem, and setting healthy habits for life.
In adults, regular physical activity provides almost limitless benefits, including:
- maintenance of healthy weight
- reduced stress levels
- relieved symptoms of depression and anxiety
- increased energy
- improved sleep and digestion
- improved posture and balance
- stronger muscles and bones
- more confidence and a more positive outlook on life
- ability to perform daily tasks with more ease and less fatigue
- increased bone density
- better circulation
- strengthened heart and lungs
- improved mood
- strengthened immune system
- prolonged good health and independence in seniors
- better quality of life.
Regular physical activity also reduces the risk of premature death from heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer; reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure; and lowers total blood cholesterol and triglycerides and increases high density lipoproteins (HDL or the â€œgoodâ€ cholesterol).â€
Every little step counts, each minute is an investment. Place it wisely, and have fun while doing it.
Also, if you exercise regularly you’ll find it much easier to keep your eating habits healthy. It’s just like when you were a kid and you’d just built your first sand castle.
The coolest part about exercising early is that you then have the hardest part of the day behind you. If you organize the rest of your day in a similar fashion, it is quite easy to keep yourself motivated and disciplined. That’s the way I like it, what works for you?