Although my focus is mainly on food and healthy eating, there are other pieces to the holistic wellness puzzle. Positive thinking, fresh air and sunshine, sufficient sleep, laughter and exercise are all conducive to being the best person you can be. Today I’d like to remind you just how important exercise is to living a healthy life.
This recent article mentions the results of a study that indicate that people who exercise tend to eat better. I’ve always been a believer that the two go hand in hand. Eating right gives you the energy and the nutrients to feel strong and active, while exercise releases feel-good endorphins that get you in the proper healthy eating mindset. When you respect and nurture yourself with one good habit it increases the likelihood that you will do the same in other areas of your life. Partaking in both healthy eating and exercise turns into a vicious cycle– yet it’s a cycle that you want to maintain as often as possible. One tends to encourages the other.
I realize that for many people, exercise has a negative connotation. Instead of seeing exercise as something forced and dreaded, discover physical activities that you actually enjoy doing. There is no point in making yourself do something that makes you miserable. Personally I can’t stand gyms. I would rather go running or walking outside. I also love doing yoga videos at home. Other people prefer the structure or routine that a gym offers. Whatever works for you is okay. Make a conscious effort to incorporate some balance of cardio, stretching and weight-bearing activity into your day.
Find out what you love to do and do it.