Exercise. It’s a dirty word to the busy individual.
You know the excuses: careers, kids and any number of personal preferences.
But the excuses aren’t helping you. Leaving exercise to the wayside can have the same result as procrastination: if you don’t exercise now, you won’t think to do it until it’s too late.
An amazing number of potentially-fatal diseases in the world can be traced back to physical inactivity. We are truly making ourselves sick.
But lack of exercise doesn’t stop at affecting the corporeal body. It can also act as a roadblock to your personal success.
The benefits of exercise are numerous, but in regards to helping you achieve your goals, it can…
- Alleviate stress, depression and anxiety.
Exercise not only works out physical tension, but also stimulates feel-good brain chemicals. And who wouldn’t appreciate some extra endorphins at the end of a particularly trying day? Exercise aids you in drop-kicking those negative states that hold you back in achieving your goals, thereby giving you an extra edge and will to succeed.
- Help you sleep better.
An adequate amount of sleep lowers your stress levels and allows you to concentrate more on the tasks at hand. If you are a focused individual intent on doing whatever you can to help you achieve your goals (like I think you are), you’ll run with the idea of exercise improving your potential.
Consider engaging in cardiovascular exercise and resistance training for half an hour four times a week each. You can join a gym and get a personal trainer if you need someone to keep you on track. However, you can also do this in the comfort of your own home with the help of home machines, aerobic video tapes or just simple, wide open spaces.
Don’t forget your diet. Regular exercise can be futile if you fill your body with junk. Think of your body as a new, luxury car. Exercise is its performance and food as its fuel. Can you really expect your body to run smoothly if you pump it with a low-grade gasoline? It would only be a matter of time before the vehicle sputtered out and was reduced to jalopy. Keep that principle in mind when choosing foods.
When formulating a diet plan that can best serve you, consider these tips:
- Choose high-fiber, vitamin-rich foods.Pick fresh vegetables and fruits that are orange, yellow and green in color.Trade saturated for unsaturated fats.
- Limit your sugar, alcohol and refined-grain intake.
- Observe portion size. Don’t think for a second that you can get away with eating the same size portions available at restaurants. Use the palm of your hand and the size of your fist as modest gauges of how much you’re supposed to eat.
- Enjoy a healthy variety! A healthy diet doesn’t have to be bland. In fact, it’s recommended that you mix up your meals and enjoy a little something of everything. Doing so ensures that you’re not deprived of essential vitamins and minerals.
I know that some readers may look at this entry and interpret my advice of incorporating a strict fitness and diet regime into their lives infringing. While that may be an easy way to look at it, it’s not true. Getting fit and healthy and staying that way can only aid you in all of your personal endeavors- not just those that are physical.I’m passing this advice on to you because I know it to be true myself.
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