Every day most of us take vitamins, but are we getting enough exercise into our routine? It is so important that we take care of our health and well being. In addition to a healthy diet, we have to remember to keep moving.
I find exercise particularly helpful if I feel like I am in a funk. Sometimes just staying in the moment, and feeling the motions of a run or doing Pilates can bring me back to the present. A lot of us feel guilty for taking time out to exercise, but this is actually very good for you. I am someone that does not prescribe to a particular routine, and I like to listen to my body intuitively. I have lost over twenty pounds last year just by leaning in, and really focusing on the most healthy option every day. If I have a big work day, then I will try to fit in a walk on a lighter scheduled day. The most important thing is that you find something that actually works with your schedule.
You have to remember that sometimes, you do need to really rest yourself as well. If you have a highly active profession, and you are on your feet most of the time, something more relaxing like yoga may be a better exercise for you then a high impact sport. I believe that there are different parts of life, and the main thing to focus on is balance. That is definitely a more healthy perspective.
Several years ago, I was exercising quite a lot, and yet I was gaining weight. In the hustle and bustle of life, I was not focused on what I was consuming, and after much research, I have tried my best to implement whole foods, fruits, and veggies when feasible. We as humans are so different in our internal systems, again, I think it is important to listen to ourselves and our doctors to figure out the best plan. While vegan diets work for one person, sometimes a whole foods diet will work for another. I would always consult your doctor of course before beginning any diet or exercise plan.
I hope this post inspires you to go outside, take a walk, and enjoy your day. It is important to remember that exercise should be adding to your life. Sometimes honestly putting on your favorite jams and dancing around for five minutes has the greatest benefit. Balance is everything and every day is different so we should enjoy the ride!
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One of my absolute favorite wellness and self-improvement books is “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. I personally recommend this book because it details how to create systems in your life that help change your habits to meet your own goals. He reviews ideas from psychology, biology, and neuroscience to create a guide for making good habits inevitable.
Personally, I have enjoyed using this system to really shift my mindset around adding more whole foods to my diet, getting into a healthy morning routine, and exercising more. I do feel better as a result, but I really think that the principles outlined in this book can be applied to many areas of our lives. It really brought to my attention on how small habits really do impact your life, and by building on them, you will have this amazing fundamental unit of your overall system.
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