Updated: Aug 16, 2021
I want to talk about a “feel-good” topic that’s finally becoming a mainstream trend.
It’s BODY POSITIVITY…which basically means loving your body right this very minute – without any ifs, ands, or buts.
Because, frankly, your body is a miracle!
It deserves your care and respect because it works so hard to support you each and every day. Think about that for a moment...it works for you every...single...day! Let's switch our mindset and focus from - what it LOOKS LIKE to WHAT it CAN DO for YOU.
Can you do a push-up? You might take that for granted today...but if we don't keep up one day you might not be able to. Weird, right?
So, let's work with our bodies to make them the strongest, most fit they can possibly be, so we can continue to enjoy activities we do today for many more years to come - deal?
So...one of the BEST things you can do to show your body that love and support are to MOVE it – regularly and intentionally. That’s why I continue to push you to do at least 5, 10, 15 minutes, or more of exercise per day.
If you've followed me for a while, you know I've got a few "quick bodyweight workouts" that can be done in 5, 10, 15, 20....30 minutes. They are short but oh so efficient!
This month I've added even more short effective workouts to my library!
Email me for access to my workout library Colleen@spirefittraining.com
Now let's take a deep dive into all the wonders of MOVEMENT and how it impacts pretty much EVERY aspect of your life!
When you exercise regularly, your body just plain FEELS and FUNCTIONS better from the inside out.
BONUS: You do NOT have to spend hours a week working out to get these payoffs.
Here’s a list of just some of the many benefits:
A longer life because you are less likely to die early from chronic disease.
Less risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers (including colon, breast, lung, and uterine).
Better mood, less stress and anxiety, and improved mental health. Next week I'll share some interesting facts about the mood boosters exercise provides us...and I'm not talking about endorphins ;)
Improved brain health (both the structure AND how it functions). Huge benefit as we get into perimenopause and menopause when we tend to experience "brain fog"!
Stronger bones and muscles. Again, as of age 30 our bones begin to deteriorate (uh oh), so take any chance you can to challenge your bones and build muscles! P.S., one of my focuses in the upcoming "Strategies for Fitness Through Perimenopause" (see more below).
Better sleep (both quality and quantity). Do you sleep better when you've had an active day? The answer to this question is enough to realize the benefit of movement and exercise!
More satisfying sex life. Circulation in our bodies certainly improves our cuddles and need for intimacy...and who here feels more relaxed and less stressed after a good workout? Ready for some relaxing and intimacy does wonders as a recovery strategy too ;)
Lower risk of falling down. Working our body using functional fitness (think push/pull, sit/stand) and plyometrics (think jumps) allows us to have better balance and muscles to catch ourselves and prevent a fall.
Improved weight control. Many clients express to me over and over again how exercising empowers them to eat healthier, make better choices, and feel great. Do you agree?
Stress Relief. Just clearing our minds when doing a run, or forgetting about the stressors around us, and focus on the one push-up, the 20s Tabata jumping jacks, can do wonders to relieve stress.
Doesn’t your amazing body deserve all that!? (ANSWER: Yes it does!)