Sunday Thoughts (11 Minutes)
“I don’t have time.”
That’s what a lot of people say when I talk about regular exercise.
But if feeling well – and living longer – is important to you, you make time.
And as it turns out, we’re not talking about all that much time in the end.
In fact, a recent study showed that as little as 11 minutes a day of walking could help counteract the health impact of sitting for hours and hours a day.
Which most of us do. We sit. A lot.
We apparently have time for that!
It gets plenty of headlines when people call sitting or inactivity “the new smoking.”
By now, people realize smoking is just awful for you. It contributes to all kinds of bad outcomes, and attacks your entire body.
So it wakes people up to think that getting no exercise may be just as bad.
Still, it seems like a lot of work and commitment. But I’m here to tell you, it isn’t.
A short walk after dinner may be all you need.
Do you like to listen to music or podcasts? Put on your headphones and walk while you listen.
Want to spend more time with your spouse or a close friend? Why not catch up and chat while you’re walking in a park, around the block or even while shopping?
It’s human nature to make excuses for why we don’t want to do something. Like we don’t have time or we’re too tired.
But we don’t realize that by getting regular exercise, we actually improve our health and we’re LESS TIRED each day.
We get better sleep. We’re less stressed. We’re happier. We’re healthier. And we live longer.
If time is a problem, by getting up and walking, you’re actually putting more time in the bank.
Because you’re going to be around much longer.
And that’s what I want for all of us.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.