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How About the Gym?

By Mary Cioffi

How About the Gym?

Have you tried a daily walk, playing a team sport or pumping iron at the gym. Feeling shy or just not used to exercise? Consider hiring a personal trainer, let them know that you need to pace yourself and ask for help creating a routine that you can easily stick to. Talk to a few different trainers and make sure you feel comfortable as if you would like working with them. Still not feeling getting the warm and fuzzy feeling toward exercise? The gym is not the only way. There are many things you can do without leaving your house. Some of us are inspired by seeing others sweat with us in class or while lifting weights at the gym but this is not for everyone. They key is to pick  a type of exercise you will want to do regularly because it is a stress reliever, and not another source of stress. If going to the gym is not your style and you are more of a lone wolf when it comes to exercising that’s perfectly fine! Walking, biking, jogging, using an exercise bike or following along with a routine you find online are all alternative ways you can stay fit. Anything works as long as it’s something you do on a regular basis.

Simply put, physical activity and exercise is not important for everyone, it is critical. Yes I said critical. According to the research of  John J. Ratey, M.D regular exercise re-sets 8 key hormones to YOUR unique levels that will cause your body and mind to operate and thrive at the highest levels possible for you. For example, BDNF or as Dr. Ratey calls it, Miracle Grow for the brain is just one of these crucial hormones but all of them have a level along with the others that makes up your special and unique hormonal pattern. Everyone of us is unique and has specific levels that when optimized help us avoid a host of physical and psychological illnesses. Exercise done correctly and regularly is like a hard re-boot is to your computer, that makes everything run smoothly and corrects or adjusts internal mechanisms to help you live your healthiest possible life. In his groundbreaking book Spark, Dr. Ratey explains the vast body of research done on the brain-body connection and how you can easily incorporate regular moderate exercise that is proven to reduce your risk of any number of health issues including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, major depression and clinical anxiety, dementia and also help those with ADHD to improve their day to day lives. Children, adolescents, and adults of all ages need regular physical activity. Exercise promotes good health and helps the body and mind heal itself and avoid major illnesses, We all can and should stay active throughout all stages of  our lives for this reason. Life is precious and you can get help to make the most of it even if you hate exercise! Sign up for a free consultation today to learn how I can help you on your journey to a healthier happier life.

Staying active can help you:

  • Stay independent
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Improve your balance and lower the risk of falls and injuries from falls
  • Manage and prevent some diseases like arthritis, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and 8 types of cancer, including breast and colon cancer
  • Sleep better
  • Reduce levels of stress and anxiety
  • Reach or maintain a healthy weight and
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Reduce feelings of depression

Note : Check with your doctor before beginning a new routine if you have any conditions that may need accommodations. Always put safety first.

“Our bodies are our gardens, our wills are our gardeners.” – William Shakespeare