Here’s a story about when I decided to get my sexy back a little over 10 years ago. Let me tell you – it wasn’t easy getting back to exercising after being sedentary and inactive. It was grueling and truth be told – I wanted to quit so many times especially in the beginning. But, the good news is – it gets easier and with consistency, you will enjoy not only the process but the results. I remember looking at the 2009 picture and just crying and thinking –” Oh my goodness, how could I have let myself go?” Pictures don’t lie! This harsh realization of what I have become was my turning point.
Here are some things to consider …
The human body was not intended to sit around and do nothing. We are at or healthiest as human beings when we are active as opposed inactive, moving around as opposed to just sitting.
Active people live longer and have fewer health problems in their life compared to inactive people. Physical activity not only helps your body. It improves the health of all of your organs and internal body processes as well.
All exercises are rooted in physical activities and movements. This is why exercise is so important to being the healthiest “you” that you possibly can.
If you are coming back to exercise after little or no physical activity, there is one thing you should remember. Even if you start slowly, you will experience pain and physical discomfort. This is a natural and normal signal that your muscles have been torn down and are beginning to repair.
Don’t worry, this is a good sign!
You tear down your muscles when you stress them. The health benefits that come from exercise are not limited to the calories you burn while you are working out. For as many as 38 hours after your exercise is over, your body is attempting to repair itself. These repairs take a lot of fuel, which is how exercise burns calories and fat.
Unfortunately, the muscle tear-down process during exercise can result in mild pain. If your pain is extreme, you are overworking yourself. On the other hand, you shouldn’t be wary of the mild pain and discomfort exercise causes. This is a sign that you are building a bigger, stronger, healthier body, which is why you are exercising in the first place.
If you need someone to cheer you on – reach out to me. I’ll be your cheerleader. Know that you can do it! I believe in you.