Today, I start back at the gym. I gave up going to the gym back in November when I got ill, with that we think was glandular fever. I am heading back to the gym, like lots of other people, after the post-Christmas New Year’s Resolution rush to get fit. My plan is to use the combination of exercise and portion control to get fighting fit in preparation for becoming a Mum via adoption.
On the basis that if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got, I am searching for Motivation to help me when I get the inevitable attack of the CBAs (Can’t be Asked). Where do I go for short sharp inspiration? My favourite Pinterest of course! It came up with the goods. 50 reasons to exercise. I won’t trail through the whole 50, because otherwise I will spend all my day at the computer, and not go to the gym! Here, instead, are the edited highlights.
Exercise makes you feel happier through the release of endorphins. It improves your self esteem, because you are achieving something as well as making yourself look better. If you are studying and want to boost you learning, then get with your books and get on the stationary bike! Exercise lifts your mood, keeps your brain fit, reduces stress and boosts your immune system.
It also apparently has anti-ageing effects and boosts your creative thinking. It improves sleeping patterns, helps to control addictions, improves your eating habits and improves your posture. Exercise can also keep you focussed in life and strengthens your bones.
If you exercise regularly, your cholesterol levels improve, you lower your risk of certain cancers, you can lower high blood pressure without resorting to drugs, it reduces your risk of diabetes, can fight the onset of dementia, eases back pain and decreases the risk of osteoporosis.
Some obvious ones now. Exercise increases your energy and endurance, improves sport performance, improves pain resistance and lessens fatigue. Also, aerobic exercise improves oxygen supply to blood cells.
Do I think that these reasons will help motivate me? Well, hopefully. I also need to keep my eye on the prize; I want to feel like I have the energy to keep up with a small person (or people) when they come into my life. I also want to feel better about myself. But the main thing I have to remember is to break the habit of a lifetime and not do too much, too soon and burn up or burn out.
So, on that note, I am off to try out the exercise bikes (slowly), maybe the treadmills (for some walking) and get in the pool and do some lengths. After all that, I am going to treat myself to a sit in the steam room!