To put it bluntly: if you want to slow the ageing process and live longer, then try and find 10-15 minutes to exercise every day.
Just moving your body will be hugely beneficial – your stress levels and anxiety will decrease, your sleep will improve and you will lower your risk of depression. Sitting for long periods at a time can lead to higher blood pressure and a higher chance of heart disease. If you can’t face attending a gym class or Spinning, then just going for a walk (preferably in the fresh air) is just fine!
Listen to your body – some days you may feel like a more high intensity class whilst other days you want to do some Yoga. But if you can just do a little bit of exercise every day, your mood will improve, you will “balance out” your hormones and, slowly but surely, you will have increased energy, strength and vitality.
Here are my Top Tips on how to add a little exercise into your day every day:
- Always take the stairs NOT the escalator or lift
- When climbing the stairs, try to take 2 at a time (to really work those leg muscles)
- Walk outside in the fresh air (even if it’s around the block)
- Do some squats or Plies when waiting for the kettle to boil!
Yes, there are plenty of free exercise videos to do on YouTube but I find, for some ladies, they need the motivation of a live class. You will get clear instruction, feedback and encouragement from the instructor as well as feeling part of a community.
If you are ready to fit exercise into your day, then why not start by signing up for one of my online classes. Click here for my online class timetable. I show you the right exercises for the midlife woman – your body (and your mind) will thank you for it!