I will get some form of exercise every day for the next month.
Impact of the Promise
Exercise. Going to the gym. Every New Year, these phrases repeatedly pop up as resolutions. Often, people cannot follow up on these resolutions. Why? Because turning one’s lifestyle around is not easy. However, many fail to realize that “exercising” does not have to be throwing around hundreds of pounds in a gym; it can be as simple as going for a light jog through a park. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, regular brisk walking reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke; increases energy levels; strengthens the immune system; and improves memory and sleep. As we just read, the physical benefits of exercising stretch far beyond just achieving a “dream body.”
It turns out that exercising has significant mental benefits as well. According to research by several doctors from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Omaha VA Medical Center, “exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function.” However, all exercise should be done in moderation. Over-exertion can actually have an adverse effect on one’s body. Regardless, with the breadth of benefits it holds, exercise should be considered being incorporated into just about anybody’s schedule.
- Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day
- Rest when necessary
- Maintain other aspects of a healthy lifestyle
- Schedule time each day for your excercise
- Look for excercise that you enjoy. This could be playing a sport, riding a bike, going for a run or more!
- Tackle this promise alone – having someone keeping you accountable could help
- Always think about planning; balance staying in the moment and preparing for the future
Element of Honor
My greatest battle lies within. Control over one’s own emotions, desires and actions often defines the success or the failure of a promise. I work to build self-control so that I may better myself and the world around me.
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