What's your attitude about exercise? So often exercise is perceived as a chore or a task that's for those who like doing it or for those who have put on a few pounds, or your doc prescribes it and now it's time to hit the gym. Well, if you adopt an attitude of gratitude then you soon realize exercise is a great way to take care of your body so your body can take care of you.
It may seem that there isn't enough time in your already busy life to squeeze in another thing to do. As a mother, the weight of carrying your responsibilities seems enough to be considered a workout. But you know, that isn't true. As your body starts to ache, your endurance level decreases and you begin to be short and snappy, feeling the heaviness of all that is required of you, the last thing you're thinking about is working out. Well that's the best thing you can do for yourself and those you care for. As you understand the body and what it needs and how much you rely on it working well for you. You may change your perspective on squeezing in those workouts.
Tips to adopting the attitude of gratitude about exercise and its benefits:
- When you're able to release the stresses that life places on your body, you can increase energy levels, strengthen brain waves and neurotransmitters to be sharp and empowered to act quickly.
- As you are working out, increased blood flows throughout your body releases endorphins and this helps you to have happier thoughts and help you feel better about yourself.
- Increase your posture, stability, mobility, and overall health, so you can keep doing what you need to do.
- Decrease pain in joints, muscles and risk of injuries.
When you think about what makes you happy and focus on all you DO have, not what you don't, you realize life isn't that bad when you at least have your health and your body working for you. Take care of yourself so you can continue to care for those you love. Hit the gym or get in at least 3-5 days a week of fitness that includes,
- Cardiovascular training (cardio)
- Strength Training (weights)
- Flexibility Training (yoga)
- Myofascial release (foam roll/deep pressure release massage)