Staying stress-free is not always easy in today’s world. We have responsibilities with work, family, social pressure and taking the time to meet our own individual needs. When stress gets out of control, it can take a tremendous toll on your health. Taking time out is not only essential for your physical health, it can actually do you a world of good emotionally as well.
One of the best ways to manage stress is through exercise. The advantages of a regular exercise routine have been widely touted and with good reason: it works! Not only does exercise help to keep your weight in check, staying fit helps to regulate blood pressure, keep bones strong and keep your cardiovascular health in tip-top shape. For an exercise program to truly be effective, consistency is key. And to stay consistent, we also must stay motivated.
So how do we stay motivated to exercise?
The trick is to not make exercise feel like work or a chore. You need to choose an activity that you truly like to do. If you hate and resent the time you spend working out on a treadmill or a Stairmaster, you will never be able to keep up your exercise regime. We are wonderful at rationalizing our way out of things we don’t want to do, so if you hate what you’re doing, you will find a way out of it.
If you can find a specific type of exercise that is fun for you, you’ll never know you’re working out. You will reap all the rewards of a consistent exercise routine without it feeling arduous. What types of activities do you find pleasure in? Swimming? Cycling? Dancing? Hiking? All of these activities are wonderful for the body and if you engage in any of them for at least 30 minutes per day, three times per week, you will definitely see results.
What better way to blow off some steam and work off the stress of a hectic lifestyle, by swimming laps, or taking a long bike road, or dancing to some wonderful music that gets your motor running. If you are the type of person who likes to engage in group activities, get involved in a local basketball or volleyball game, or join a community softball team. There are many options available to you. Why suffer doing something you don’t like to do which you will eventually quit anyway? Finding fun activities will be good for your mind, body and spirit.
Remember that exercise doesn’t have to be difficult. If you find something you love to do, it won’t seem grueling at all. And you will certainly love the way you look and feel as you stay in shape and get rid of that unwanted stress in your life.
Author- Debbie Lamedman who also writes for www.datingservices.org