It is human nature to want the ‘silver bullet’, the ‘magic trick’, the ‘pot of gold’ when we are looking for answers to a problem. As a result, everyone is looking for the ‘Secret Sauce’ when it comes to pursuing health. The reason many gimmicks and fads are so popular is that most people want to be healthy and are looking for the one solution.
When it comes to health, exercise is the ‘secret sauce’ that brings the whole dish together. There is absolutely nothing that can replace, replicate, or reflect the effects of exercise, OTHER THAN EXERCISE – no pills and no gimmicks will work here.
Our bodies are designed so that exercise can improve the health of our heart, mind, body, and spirit! Exercise allows the body to release many important hormones and facilitates many physiological principles that help promote and improve health. Exercise can improve the health of our heart, brain, bones, joints, skin, and other systems in our body!
Exercise often acts as a ‘Keystone Habit’. This means that once you start exercising, it often leads to naturally pursuing health in all aspects of your life.
Exercise is the body’s best medicine, and can have some of the most positive effects on making you healthy. Exercise comes in many shapes and forms; so don’t be afraid to try something new! Exercise does not mean that you must participate in a hard-core workout. Just be active, everyday!
Set a routine and make it a habit.
Exercise must be part of the natural rhythm of your life. Make sure it is part of your daily routine, at least 4-5 days per week.
Cardio is king
Aim to get your heart rate up, even if it’s only for a short period of time. There are many forms of cardiovascular exercise. The key is finding a form that you enjoy and is best suited for your body. Walking, hiking, swimming, bike riding, running, kayaking, paddle boarding, rowing, martial arts, dancing… are all just some of the many forms of cardiovascular exercise you can do.
Have fun exercising!
You can be active without a gym membership. Take your dog for a walk, play sports with your kids, go hiking as a family, ride bikes with your friend, go kayaking, dance…. Exercise comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes!
There is no need to have bulging muscles; however, incorporating some strength training into your routine is important. Increased strength and musculature can help with fat loss, metabolism, improve bone and joint health, and can decrease your risk of injuries.
Health Redefined Series
This blog is the 6th in a series called “Health Refined”. Please check out the first five blogs in this series: