What does healthy really mean? (Part 4 - Exercise)

Don’t waste your time exercising!

Seriously, did he just say that? Sure I did but not in the way you may be thinking. Here’s what I’m saying in that statement;

Exercise is a pretty commonly recognized and appreciated healthy habit here, but will any exercise do? I personally don't think so. Sure, anything is better than nothing and I definitely agree with the small but important things like walking instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the elevator. In fact if there's ever an option to do something for yourself instead of letting technology do it for you - make like Nike and 'Just do it!' Did you know that lean muscle actually burns when when you're sat still!


But I say exercise like you mean it, quite literally like your life depends on it. Be honest with yourself here; how many times do you finish a workout and really feel like you’ve given it 100% and how many times do you ‘go through the motions’ in the belief that you’re working out and can tick it off your to do list? We all like to claim, whether to ourselves or someone else, that we worked out today but there’s really very little point if you’re not putting the effort in. You’re in the gym for 30/60/90 minutes so make every minute count – don’t waste that time, you’re there anyway so you might as well benefit. If you’re not seeing the changes maybe it’s because you’re not making the changes! Don't waste time plodding aimlessly on the treadmill for an hour, or half heartedly pushing weights, just going through the motions. If your heart's not in it how can you expect your body to be? The definition of insanity - doing the same thing every day and expecting different results!

Find something you enjoy; take your walk outside, invite a friend! Join a class and workout together, cycle in the countryside - whatever the weather. If it rains, get wet - you'll dry...:-)

But don't be disappointed by the results you didn't get for the work you didn't do...

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This is Part 5 of a 5 part series covering the five key aspects that make us 'wholly' Healthy; SpiritualityRelationshipsFoodExercise and Career. They all work symbiotically but do you look after yours and how would YOU prioritise the list?

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