I had an inquiry from a new friend this week about exercise. He was excited about some doctor promoting the next big thing in exercise. Good for him! Excitement promotes action.
Exercise is a great way to honor yourself by paying attention to your body and its condition. Take a quick look at your favorite search engine under “benefits of exercise,” and you’ll get a snoot-full of information on the topic.
Here are some of the things I like about my exercise program:
1. I can do it in my home, with no special clothing requirements, no gym membership, and no weather restrictions. That last is a big deal in the Seattle area, where I live.
2. Regular exercise keeps me relatively fit. My definition here includes heart rate, blood pressure, practical physical strength and flexibility.
3. Mood elevation. I am a little prone to depression, and exercise helps level my moods. Even better, it gives me more control over emotions.
4. I sleep better. Not only do I fall asleep faster, but I don’t wake as often, and I seem to require a little less sleep overall.
5. Diet control. When I exercise I find it easier to make good food choices.
6. Weight / fat control. Exercise helps me avoid having to periodically acquire a larger-sized wardrobe.
7. Intimate exertion. Let’s just say that certain “bonding” activities are helped along by better fitness.
I could go on, but you get the idea. I’m certainly no fanatic, either. I exercise 3-4 times a week, rarely investing more than 45 minutes into the process. I’m a little overweight, but I’m not getting any worse. My wind isn’t stellar, but I can perform regular life activities without strain. I get a little winded when I walk briskly at altitude, as when I visit the intermountain west, but I do pretty well at sea level.
The best part of all this for me is the sense of being a good steward over my body. That is worth the price of admission, because it contributes to my general productivity and success. It’s much easier to succeed when you find yourself trustworthy. And one trusts himself or herself much more easily when one is true to one’s convictions. Since I believe I should exercise, I like myself better when I do.
How do you feel about exercise? What good results have you achieved?