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If You Don’t Move…(Exercise Piece)

If You Don't Move Pic 1 (Exercise Pic 1)

What is wrong with you? This is oftentimes the question many ask themselves when it comes time to exercise and they can’t just get up and go. It’s time to not only acknowledge this problem but challenge your thought process.

We’re always told that we need to be active. It’s recommended in the health books. We were required to be active in gym to get a good grade, which happened in elementary school, middle school, high school and in some cases even up until your freshman year of college.

I get it. It’s a simple concept, but hard to execute for many.  Remember, just because something is hard to do, does not give you permission to avoid it. So let’s discuss why you need to get up off your tooshie,  get moving. get active. start exercising.

What’s Your Problem (Exercise Avoidance)?

First, let’s address the elephant in the room. This big elephant is called Excuses. Ask yourself, why do you think you’re so special? You’re not the only person that has to go to work. You’re not the only person that has kids. You’re not the only person has to go to school. You’re not the only person with two jobs. But you are the only person with one life; your life. You need to protect that life with all your might. 

Timing Matters (I don’t have time to exercise)

It is best to start easy. Do you know how many minutes there are in a week? Don’t bother calculating. The recommended amount of exercises most days of the week is a minimum of 30 minutes. There are seven days in a week. So at bare minimum, you should exercise 210 minutes; that’s 210 minutes out of 10,080 minutes in the week. This leaves you with 9,870 minutes for yourself. What can you do with that time? No, better yet ask yourself what are you going to do with that time?

Benefits of Exercise on Your Health

Now that we’ve elucidated the amount of free time you have, it’s time for a little education. One of the biggest benefits of physical activity/exercise is it can help you reduce stress, which can reduce the development of chronic diseases that could weaken your immune system. Exercise can remove bacteria from the lungs and other airway passages. This is beneficial for decreasing your chances of catching the flu or the common cold. Another perk of exercise is the increase of body temperature both during and after physical activity which helps fight off infections by stopping bacterial growth within the body.  As mentioned earlier, exercise assists with stress management as well; this is a major selling point in a stressful day to day. Physical activity can hinder stress hormones from being released and less stress means less illness in theory.

The Rest Is Up To You

Ultimately, no amount of scientific evidence provided is going to make you move if you do not want to improve your health. This is a personal decision. This is a personal test for yourself. You’ve heard most of this information several times before and maybe it didn’t sink in.  Maybe this will be the time that it actually does. At the end of the day, you have to want this change for yourself. You have to want your body to be better, you have to be thinking, how can I prevent myself from getting sick? How can I become a stronger version of myself? How can I prevent illness from taking over my body?

So this is a challenge to you!  Don’t ask yourself anymore what’s wrong? You already know what’s wrong. You also know what’s right. So go do the right thing. Get moving, get active! If you are already active and would like to share tips for beginners, please leave them in the comment section below. Also, if you have any concerns or questions about how you can get over that initial hump to start getting physically active today, leave a comment below. Remember, we’re all here to help one another.

Source: (July 31, 2019). Exercise and immunity. Medlineplus. Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007165.htm

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