Sometimes exercise is much too quickly put on the back burner. Excuses that arrive (“I don’t have the right energy today” or “I can’t possibly miss that meeting”), seem to somehow force our hand and prevent us from accomplishing essential health needs. That’s why is has become so crucial to make our time work for us. Using the mantra: “I am making movement count”, you can reinforce these basic goals to support your overall health. From Mantras Made Easy.
Sometimes you can heal minor discomforts through exercise. The American Heart Association says we should get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). Thirty minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember. This cardio can be done in a variety of ways, such as walking, taking an exercise class, or riding a stationary bike.
Simple changes such as parking your car farther away from the store or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can also boost your heart rate. If you need support for getting motivated, you might consider joining a walking group or hiring a personal trainer. Be sure to incorporate some stretching and strength training into your routine. Do what it takes to make movement count today.