Nourish November: November 15- The Benefits of Exercise
It’s hard to believe, but today marks the halfway point of November. That means we are halfway through Confetto’s Nourish November. I hope you have enjoyed the daily wellness tips. If you would like to see all Nourish November posts, you can find them on Confetto.
The goal of Nourish November has been to share healthy recommendations for you to consider or experiment with this month. I’ve tried to select things that are affordable and not too hard to fit into daily life.
Today, we take a look at the benefits of exercise. For me, exercise is therapeutic. It’s a time to clear my mind and help my body. It’s me time. Exercise makes me focus on what I am doing in the moment, so it can really take my mind off things.
The good news about exercise is there are so many options. You can go for a walk, a hike, or a run. You can go hiking or do yoga. Maybe you want to swim or take an exercise class? My favorite things are to take a High Intensity Interval Class (HITT) at Orangetheory a few times a week, and then on the other days, I like to do weightlifting, walks, or yoga. Exercise helps sleep, mood, and the immune system. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a stressful day, and then my workout has been a reset button for me. That is because endorphins are released because of exercise. Also, cortisol, the stress hormone, is flushed out of your body through sweat.
Weightlifting helps to strengthen your muscles and bones. It’s also a sneaky way to burn extra calories. The more lean muscle you have on your body, the higher your metabolic rate is. This happens because muscle uses much more energy at rest, than fat.
Finding time to exercise can seem impossible, especially after a long day. Remember you can start small. Any activity is better than none. Show yourself kindness when you are starting to exercise. A short walk, a 10-15-minute cardio session, or a quick weightlifting session are good places to start. I’ve mentioned before on Confetto that it takes three weeks to make something a habit. It will take time for you to adjust to exercise, but think of it as a way to help your body and mind. With the pandemic, we need a release and a way to strengthen ourselves. You can do this.