FITNESS TIP OF THE DAY:
Be consistent with your workouts.
Exercise provides so many amazingly positive benefits for the body, mind, and soul. Why wouldn’t you WANT to make every day the best it can be by including at least 15 to 30 minutes of exercise each day?
- Improves your mood
- Improves your ability to learn
- Builds self esteem
- Reduces stress
- Improves mental health
- Can reverse the signs of aging
- Improves body image
- Strengthens your bones
- Increases your odds of earning a higher salary
- Lower the risk of certain cancers
- Alleviates (and prevents) back pain
- Improves the quality of your sleep
Just like brushing your teeth or getting a good night’s sleep at the end of each day, exercise improves quality of life and helps us enjoy each and every day because we look better, feel better, and can do more things with energy and vitality (and possibly without pain)!
If exercise can provide so many positive attributes to your day, it only makes sense to make it a consistent part of a healthy lifestyle and weekly (or daily) routine. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week (an amount that is most reasonable five days a week, for a duration of 30 minutes). This includes activities that challenge various components including (in alphabetical order):
- Agility: the ability to stop, start, and change directions rapidly
- Balance: controlling one’s centre of gravity while standing still or moving
- Body composition: maintaining the optimal ratio of muscle to fat in the body
- Cardiovascular endurance: remaining physically active for extended periods of time
- Coordination: moving the body in a smooth and fluid fashion
- Flexibility: moving joints through a wide range of motion
- Muscular endurance: using muscles repetitively without experiencing fatigue
- Muscular strength: producing force using muscles
- Power: ability to use muscle strength quickly
- Reaction time: the time it takes for a person to respond to a stimulus
- Speed: traveling a distance in a short period of time
Although it may not feel as good during a workout, most people literally feel better after a workout and throughout the day when compared to not exercising. Like brushing your teeth or your slumber each night, exercise every day to proactively promote good overall health and positive mood!