As your coach, I will partner with and support you in achieving your exercise goals.
Exercise is beneficial to your mind and body. It helps to increase mortality, improves cardiovascular health, prevents and manages type 2 diabetes and cancer, and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. The release of endorphins from exercising is the best natural antidepressant.
The World Health Organization recommends that adults exercise at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical exercise or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous aerobic physical activity, or a combination of both per week to achieve optimal health benefits. Adults should include two days per week for muscle strengthening for increased benefits.
Let’s not make promises that we can’t keep. Let’s make realistic goals. Let’s start slow and steady. Don’t exercise 7 days a week if you have never exercised. Start by taking a brisk walk for twenty minutes three times a week. Give that time to yourself to walk and talk with a friend, listen to music, or observe nature. If you cannot walk outside, do something pleasurable while walking on the treadmill.
Allow yourself to have a bad day without guilt and self-punishment. Life isn’t supposed to be so hard. Each day is a chance to do our best, and each day our best can differ. Allow that and honor yourself.