By Guest Blogger Samantha Peters
It’s hard to understate the importance of exercise. By getting physical activity we can strengthen our immune response and our cardiovascular system, buffering our bodies against heart disease and other ailments. We can lose weight and feel younger. We can reduce stress and battle depression. No matter what we specifically choose to do – whether it’s running, swimming, tennis, or yoga – there’s truly no substitute for a lifestyle that promotes exercise and activity.
We all know this. But there’s often a considerable gulf between knowing the benefits offered by exercise and implementing them. We may know that it’s important to hit the gym a couple times a week or lace up our shoes and go for a run, but it is often far easier to postpone the activity when the time arises. This is understandable; although a workout can be invigorating, fun, and even relaxing, inertia often keeps us from getting out the door in the first place. It is ultimately far easier to sit in front of the TV than it is to get on our feet and challenge our bodies. Consequently, even the best intentions often go for naught. You can probably relate – I certainly can.