Licensed Acupuncturist, herb nerd, judoka, capoeirista, kung fu-er, eater of delicious things. I want to make your life better and more happy.
Everybody knows exercise is good for you. Generally speaking, almost everyone could be doing more exercise and reap positive benefits. There is a tiny slice of people who are already exercising at a top level and might even be better off reducing their exercise load. There is a simple test to determine if you are one of these people. Look down: are you exercising right now? If not, you could probably do with a little more.
In addition to the obvious physical benefits, exercise can reduce mental stress, increase your brain power, slow the effects of aging (what was I doing again? Oh right, writing a blog post), and is better for depression than medication.
If you need convincing, here are some articles you should read:
I am a big fan of doing exercise that is fun. If it’s not fun, your motivation for doing it will eventually run dry. A lot of people I talk to tell me they work out for their health or to maintain their appearance but hate going to the gym because it’s boring. Don’t do boring stuff! Most gyms have group exercise classes - yoga, aerobics, martial arts, pilates, etc. Give them a try. No gym? Join a basketball game at your local park. Basketball is excellent - it requires very little equipment and will have you running up and down the court, jumping, twisting and sweating. My personal favorite for fun exercise is capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines kicking and acrobatic moves with singing and dancing. How can you lose??
Human interaction is extremely important. Bring a friend to class with you or even better, make some friends in your class. You won’t necessarily become best buddies with your gym friends and go to their weddings, but they’ll come to expect seeing you in class, and that tiny bit of positive pressure can help bring you back on a regular schedule.