Whilst most of us claim to be aware of the benefits of regular exercise, we're clearly still not convinced: The World Health Organization recognises physical inactivity as a global health problem and The US Department of Health in its Healthy People 2020 objectives recognize that more than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.
It is recommended that adults get either 1 hour 15 minutes of high intensity aerobic exercise each week or 2 hours 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise and thats before taking in to consideration any muscle strengthening activity which is also recommended twice weekly.
This may not seem like a lot to you more seasoned gym going Sarifoodies. But to some newbies in our club, as well as the not so motivated (often despite the best intentions), the idea of fitting this much physical activity in to an already busy week may seem rather daunting.
It is well established that food and exercise come hand in hand for keeping us healthy and while a good diet enriched with some choice Superfoods can keep you covered on the nutrients side of things, the benefits of including Superfoods in your diet can be optimized by a lifestyle that also includes a good level of exercise. In fact, you'll probably find that as you start eating more healthily your body will actually want to move more!
Finding a way to incorporate exercise in to your life can not only support a healthy weight, help you feel fit, toned and maintain a positive self image, it can also support optimal mood, sleeping patterns, fitness, skin, strength and just general head-to-toe wellbeing.
Whilst there are recommended daily or weekly amounts, even 10 minutes of exercise once or twice a week will provide you with benefits. The Sari advice we have to offer is not to beat yourself up about it, if at first 10 minutes once a week is all you can manage then good for you! Practice makes perfect and you'll soon be able to increase that as your fitness level rises.
Secondly, listen to your body. If going for a run isn't your thing then don't do it! We weren't all built to be good at the exact same things as each other and while some people could run a mile without catching their breath, others prefer strength exercises or core stability work such as pilates. It really is all about setting yourself a small goal and focussing just on that - you can revisit that goal at any time you feel ready and make adjusts - variety is key! For now though, pick a target such as walking around the block 3 times a week or doing some online bedtime yoga and just stick with that. Keep it simple! And if one day, you feel you need a break - have a day off! Listen to your body! Our minds can over think things but our bodies are hot wired with the instinct of our ancestors and sometimes tuning in to what they are trying to tell us is the best policy.
There is so much evidence out there that exercising is good for you it would be crazy to ignore it. You simply need to enter 'the benefits of exercise' as a search term in to google and you'll be bombarded with an array of proof that exercise can change your health and wellbeing. However, all that proof sometimes doesn't make it any easier to get going so here at Sari Foods we want you to be kind to yourselves. Each and every one of you is an amazing human being and with a little self love and support you can build on that to become an awesome Sarifoodie super being - join the Sari Food Club and sign up to our weekly newsletter to be part of the community!
Peace & so much love!