What mystery activity can reduce your stress, increase your metabolism, lower your blood pressure and improve your mood?
It only takes 10 minutes and it’s easy.
Did you guess – exercise?
“When overweight or obese sedentary women walked 10 minutes a day at a low speed, comparable to a stroll in the Mall, they increased their peak oxygen consumption- a measure of cardiovascular fitness – by 4.2 percent compared to women who stayed on the sidelines.” Dr. Timothy Church, director of Preventive Medicine Research at Louisiana State
Just a nice stroll makes a difference!
That’s our next little step!
Find an exercise you like to do and do it for 10 minutes a day.
Begin by getting your doctor’s permission if you are new to exercise.
Then start with 2 five-minute periods of exercise – walking is usually best if you are new to exercise.
“Just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits.” Professor Ulf Ekelund, head of a research team at Cambridge University.
There you have it. Scientific research to support the importance of 10 minutes of exercise.
Even the perfectionist can find 10 minutes to walk.
Walking outside is my favorite exercise.
It is my best strategy to beat stress and win! I walk with my husband most evenings. When winter comes we walk in a Mall.
There’s a small one nearby that has only a few stores. It’s warm and dry and free.
When we don’t walk together I use a walking DVD.
I really like Leslie Sansone’s walking DVDs. I own dozens of them.
There are no crazy dance steps. Just walking, side steps, kicks, and knee lifts. She has real women like us walk with her.
Leslie is in her forties and a great encourager.
I can walk in the comfort of my living room. I can even walk in my PJays! She has posted quite a few of her walks on YouTube.
If walking is difficult, then try some chair exercises.
I recommend Anne Burnell. Her programs improve strength, flexibility, energy, and coordination and are all done in a chair.
Click on this link Chair exercises. This video is about 8 minutes long.
With a few clicks on your computer or a smartphone, we will be all set and ready for a little bit of exercise.
If the computer is not for you then set a timer and walk inside your home.
Exercise doesn’t have to be hard to make a difference, especially when just starting out.
Say it with me and believe it, little steps make a difference!
Remember our core scripture verse. “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation
Today’s little step: Find two 5 minutes periods in your day to move your body. Find an activity you enjoy and do it!
Little steps make a difference!
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