Exercise is one of the most powerful ways to take control of your health. Not only can it prevent heart disease, strokes, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cancer, it has been
shown to help with depression, insomnia and stress. So exercise is good for you and you want to move as much as possible.
You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet, but exercise does make your cells and muscles more sensitive to insulin, so you don’t need as much to deal with sugar spikes. If all you are able to do is walk, that’s fine. Just try to get a minimum of 30 minutes of walking daily.
Obviously looking fit and healthy is great; it can help boost your confidence and overcome insecurities. However, lots of the common problems people encounter with exercise – such as imbalances, injuries, a lack of mobility and motivation – are often a result of making aesthetics their only goal. Putting how you look rather than how you feel at the core your training programme can be counter-productive, especially if injury breaks your routine and leads to extended periods of inactivity.
Your reasons for exercising should be positive rather than negative: train because you love yourself, not because you hate yourself. Celebrate what your body can do, don’t punish it for what you ate yesterday.