Active ImageThe benefits of daily exercise go well beyond staying trim and having rock hard abs. We as Americans have become obsessed with the search for eternal youth, yet we don’t seem to realize that we can accomplish this goal through a few simple exercises that we can do throughout the day.
In 1953, Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer, overheard Indians in Puerto Rico talk about a fountain in which if you bathed yourself you would be forever young. Anxious to find this fountain, Ponce de Leon set out to find the island of Bimini, which held this myth of youthfulness. He found it in Florida, St. Augustine to be more precise. While the story recalls it as the true fountain of youth, we all know that no such thing exists. Nevertheless, we have not given up on the search, and as more years go on the stronger our urge to find one gets. You always hear of some new diet pill, or magical skin cream to keep you feeling and looking younger, longer. These things are not necessary; all you need to do is to make use of your time during the day, and to make it benefit you.
To help illustrate this, just think of what exercise you already do without knowing that you are doing it? Do you ever catch yourself taking the elevator instead of the stairs? That extra little bit of stepping could make a big change in the long run. Just by climbing two flights of stairs you burn around 147 calories. That adds up at the end of the day.
Another effective outcomes of exercise that you don’t necessarily notice is stimulation to your mind. If you have ever gotten up early and went out and did something instead of lying around the house all day, then you know what I am talking about. By getting out and doing something that you enjoy, like going to the mall, or gardening, you are exercising, and your not stuck in a gym somewhere. We so often take for granted the ways of achieving the goal of good health. We hear it constantly form doctors and the media, yet I continue to see us as an obese nation. Even if you are going to be a couch potato, throw the remote away and get up to change the channels manually when you need to. You could burn of you whole dinner if you changed them as much as I do.
In addition to these examples you will not only benefit from a good physique, but your stress level will improve too. Research shows that daily stress and anxiety will trigger headaches, and raise your blood pressure. It also affects your immune system, making you more vulnerable to illness. By just calling a friend, or a parent on the phone everyday you will reduce stress by getting the things that have been bothering you off your chest. Another way to make you feel better inside and out is laughter. You’ve heard your mother say before that it is the best medicine, and she’s not that far off. If you can look more at the humorous side of life instead of the bad you will start to see a change in how you view your life.
As you can see from these examples that it really doesn’t take much of an effort to make changes in your own life. Spend just a couple minutes during the day strategizing how you can make these changes work around you and in a few weeks you should start to see a difference in the way you feel and look.