Let me just tell you, am I glad it’s Thursday! For whatever reason, I have not been sleeping the best this week which definitely makes the week drag if you know what I mean. The nice thing about waking up at 4:30 a.m. for no good reason other than you can’t sleep? You get way more done, that’s for sure!
Before I move on, I suppose I should announce what my evening snack/dessert was from last night, eh?? Kirsten won with her answer being a Zucchini Banana Muffin! I warmed it up in the microwave for a few seconds and smeared a little peanut butter on it – mmmm delish! Congrats Kirsten! Email me with your shipping information, and I’ll get you your goody bag asap!
Today I wanted to talk about why it is that we exercise. The other morning, I really did not feel like getting my booty out of bed to get my workout done. You know those morning that peeling yourself from under your covers feels like complete torture? Yeah, that was me on this particular day. Finally I convinced myself to get up and get moving. After a run on the treadmill and some full body weights, I felt incredible. My attitude had completely changed from when I first woke up, my energy levels sky rocketed, and I felt so strong and positive about myself. It immediately reminded me why I choose to exercise.
Exercise is my “go to”, my release, my “me time”. It’s when I let it all out – my frustrations, my worries, my stress, my thoughts. I learned this about myself my freshman year of college when I was going through some hard times. One of my roommates really enjoyed running, so I decided to start running with her at the track a few times a week. I had always played sports in high school, but I was never really into running “just because”. After I started joining her on her runs on a regular basis, I realized how much I enjoyed it. I wasn’t ever running crazy distances, but just enough to work up a good sweat and my endorphins going. Ever since then, exercise has been one of my favorite hobbies. I enjoy exercise because it helps keep me healthy – mentally and physically. It clears my mind and it makes me feel good about myself.
According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise is proven to:
- Combat health conditions and diseases
- Improve mood
- Boost energy
- Help weight loss and/or maintain a healthy weight
- Promote better nights of sleep
- Help put the spark back into your sex life
- Be a way of having fun!
Regular exercise can include (but isn’t limited to) walking, running, lifting weights, doing a workout DVD, swimming, cycling, lifting weights, taking a group fitness class, hiking, playing sports. The list could go on and on. There has to be at least one activity in the long list of types of exercise that is appealing to you. So pick one and get out there and exercise!
- Why do YOU exercise?
- What are your favorite types of exercise?