Build the body, build the mind.
“So build up the body, build up the nerves, and build up the mind until your faith is so strong there is no fear at all and you are the master,” – Swami Satchidananda
There’s so much research confirming the value of exercise. But, have we heard it so much that it no longer matters? Or, maybe it feels so disconnected from our current reality that it becomes like wallpaper. We see it, but don’t really notice it?
Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Consistent exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily activities, chores and duties.
Exercise can keep the brain and heart healthy, even into your later years. So it is important to keep moving, no matter how old you are, and what stage of life you are in. Physical exercise matters because it can keep your bones, muscles and joints strong and healthy. Exercise also combats diabetes, colon cancer and osteoporosis, high blood pressure, while also managing stress and improving your all around mood. The key isn't how or where you get active, it's just to start moving.
Healthy adults should aim for 150 minutes of activity that gets your heart going and your blood pumping every week. Sure, you can do that in exercise classes. But you can also get it by brisk walking. It's also important to do movements that work all your major muscles at least 2 days a week. Also try to do flexibility exercises 2 or 3 days a week to help with your range of motion. While 150 minutes may sound like a lot, you don't have to do it in big chunks. You can take a 10-minute walk around the block or spend 10 minutes sweeping the porch. It all adds up!
What action or habit could you have started one year ago that you would be enjoying the benefits of today?
Exercise really does matter. Your future self will thank you for taking action today. Grab a rope and get jumping!!!
Skipping rope is sustainable, effective and absolutely fun!