|July: Getting Some Physical Activity, Daily|
|By Jing J.|
Exercise is important. Studies show that regular exercise strengthens our muscles and bones, improves immune system function, lowers overall rates for cancer and heart disease, and extends life expectancy by 7 years on average.
Moreover, exercise can help reduce anxiety, stress and depression, improve memory and mental performance, promote restful sleep, boost self-esteem and help us enjoy more satisfying sex.
In short, we can’t create health and happiness without at least some amount of exercise on a regular basis – unless your work involves physical labor.
Despite all of the wonderful benefits of regular exercise, it can be challenging to create an exercise routine, especially if you’ve had a sedentary lifestyle for a long time – or simply dislike exercising.
From my personal experience, through trials and errors, successes and failures, I’ve learned a few things when it comes to exercising.
So far my exercise routine involves a mix of yoga, Qigong, walking, hiking and dancing. It became a bit sporadic recently, because I was time-crunched from work and study. But I’m through the worst of that…
So in July I want to focus on exercising better. Specifically, I want to create a habit of walking for 10-30 minutes daily, and also incorporate some weight training in my routine – important for building lean body mass, which I’ve never really focused on in the past.
I also plan to keep a daily exercise journal on my Mood Runner iPhone App, which I will also share in my posts.
This is the first month of our 30-day Challenge to a Healthier Lifestyle Series. Please join me to create your own daily exercise routine, and share your challenges, learning and triumphs.
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Flowing water never decays. Let’s get moving, shall we?