If you exercise, the idea that you’ll live longer is a guarantee. But getting out of bed for that workout isn’t as easy as you’d like it to be. It’s cold in the winter, dark outside and who wants to hit the pavement jogging at the hour?
Or finishing up work when your body is zapped of all its strength and you think you can’t possibly do more than fire up the television at home, let alone hit the gym, can be a real trial.
Yet, just like an apple a day keeps the doctor away, you know that exercise does so much good for your body. If only exercise weren’t so hard to get around to doing! You know what’s said about exercise. You’ve heard it all.
Exercising gives you more body strength, raises your stamina, helps fight against heart attacks, keeps your blood pressure at a good level and even gives you more self esteem. You might even know that starting a regular exercise routine right now will make it easier on your body to get around when you’re older.
But it’s still hard for you to find the motivation to move. Here are some ways that you can make exercise a part of your life and even learn to love it. If you don’t focus on the hard work of exercise, live longer won’t just be a wish but a more concrete possibility.
Who doesn’t want to be around long enough to do what they’ve always wanted to do? See the world? Be active with your grandchildren or significant other? Celebrate an eightieth birthday? Or hundredth?
While it’s true that exercise tones the muscles so that you look healthy and fit on the outside, exercise gets those organs healthy and fit on the inside of the body, too. Every organ in the body can stay healthier longer with exercise.
When you exercise, the kidney functions are improved as you tone your body and get rid of any unnecessary fat. When you carry the best amount of weight for your body’s framework, you make the job your organs have to do a lot easier and they don’t have to work as hard.
Exercising can boost your lung function, keep your heart beating at maximum potential and can help joint pain that’s caused by arthritis. The worst thing you can do for your body is to sit around and not exercise. You subtract time from your life. Time you could give to yourself and your loved ones.
So how do you exercise, live longer, if you absolutely dread it? You learn to reward yourself. Use a chart if you need to and for each half an hour that you exercise, give yourself a treat.
It could be something as simple as buying yourself a new outfit, picking up an item for your home or putting aside money for a big ticket item. Reward yourself when you reach certain milestones.
Exercised a week without fail? Or went a month and stuck to the routine? Then you should treat yourself. Set both short term and long term goals. Not only will your body get rewarded by feeling better, but you’ll find that you’re looking forward the rewards you give yourself. For a long term goal, you might try the reward of taking a vacation somewhere you’ve always wanted to go.