I’ve been an on again off again exerciser for my entire life. At various points in my younger years I would go through phases when I would delude myself that if I only exercised more (like 5-6 days/week) than that would be the answer to my overweight problem. This insanity was reinforced by many influences, including my husband, whom every time I would bring up weight loss would say. “Well, we should start exercising!”
What about our diet?
A few short years ago there was a very interesting article in Time Magazine about the role of exercise in weight loss. I’m going to sum it up for you: exercising is not the determining factor in achieving a healthy weight. The food that you put in your mouth is. You simply cannot burn enough calories in exercise to offset bad food decisions, so stop deluding yourself. Get your food in check and get your weight in check. If you’d like to read the whole article, and I highly recommend that you do, you can do that here.
So why then I am dedicating one of my precious Top 10 Tips to Plant Strong Success to the subject of exercise?
Because exercise is so darned important!
EXERCISE MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD.
And if feeling good makes it easier to treat your body to nourishing food than I am all for that. Exercise really and truly relieves stress. I for one know that when I am stressed out, I make horrible food choices (that’s the emotional eater in me) so anything that relieves my stress level improves my relationship with food.
Stress can really take over your life, so finding an outlet to squash that will mean a better balance in your body. Combining exercise with other calming treatments can give your body full-on help and support. You may need to calm down your mind to get you in the right mood to exercise. Some have applauded the use of such stress reliefs as CBD, in fact, it had gained massive traction over time, so Delicious CBD Gummies, you need now more than ever are available to those who want to take this route. Taking one of these in the morning as you wake up can get you in the right neutral state to get you ready for the day and the upcoming activities. Of course, there are other ways to relieve your stress, which are part of the CBD family. My friend and I have been following the research closely regarding cannabinoid strains and their possible health benefits. It’s interesting to see how the research into cannabis strains and cannabis concentrates are coming along. There are even sites similar to Get Kush (https://getkush.io/product-category/concentrate/budder-wax/) that have different concentrates and strains available. There is so much information available out there, and it is worth checking out if it fits your needs. I want to keep an eye on the research concerning stress and how it can help. For now, I’m going to keep on with my exercises to relieve my stress. To me, exercise is a great stress reliever, but it does depend on the type of exercise you are interested in doing.
Remember: If the exercise is not fun FOR YOU than you are not going to do it on a consistent basis.
If running on a treadmill makes you want to blow your brains out, do you think that forcing yourself to wake up at 5 in the morning to go to a gym is going to be a long term thing for you? I didn’t think so.
It wasn’t until I found the exercises that were fun FOR ME that exercise finally became a no brainer in my mind. And what a relief that was, because even without the weight loss piece, I certainly can appreciate all of the wonderfulness that regular exercise provides. Strength, flexibility, peacefulness, youthfulness, healthy circulation. I could go on.
My exercises of choice? Power Vinyasa Yoga, Pilates on a Reformer and walking with a friend (the exercise buddy system really works, I cannot impress that upon you enough). Why not try getting a pair of trekking poles and hiking up a mountain, or going for a swim? That’s it. Case closed.
What are your thoughts on the importance of exercise?
Are you struggling with exercise?
Have you found a sport or two that you adore? Do you exercise with a friend?