10 Reasons Why You Should Start Some Form Of Exercise TODAY

This post kicks off a short series of articles on exercise and how important it is to your health.  I am writing to you…the person who has not done anything in a really long time.  You are too tired, too stressed, too sleep deprived and you hurt.  You read somewhere that 80% (or is it 90%?) of your results come from what you put in your mouth…..so you’ve decided that really, what’s the point of spending time you don’t have doing something you hate anyway?  However, while it is true that you cannot exercise a bad diet away, it is also true that the benefits of exercise or even just moving with intention every day transcend fitting into smaller clothes.  That’s what this post is about - and it’s not as hard or hellacious as you think it has to be…stay with me.

This is not about committing to spending an hour at the gym every day or gritting your teeth and doing something you hate but rather this is about the benefits of simply getting moving.  Every day, with purpose.  You can do it with a friend if you think that will keep you engaged, or, you can use this as your alone time, OR subscribe to one of the millions of awesome podcasts and use the time to learn about something you’ve always wanted to learn about.

Inside or outside?  For this post I want to encourage you to consider getting outside as much as you can to get your “movement” in.   Assuming you live in the same hemisphere I do, it’s summertime, the best time to spend time outside.   Plus, the benefits of seeing daylight, getting out of your house or your office are huge.  You get bonus points if you walk barefoot in the grass or on a beach connecting with the energy naturally emanated from the earth - it sounds woo woo but there’s pretty good science to back it up.  We are, after all, electrically charged beings - we’d be foolish not to think that exposure to the right types of currents can greatly enhance our health.  But I digress - that’s another post for another day.

Whatever you choose the only rule is that you get your heart rate up a bit and that you enjoy it (or at least don’t hate every minute of it).  If 20 minutes is too much for you right now then start with 10 minutes twice a day, or once a day, or take a break on a bench if you need to.  It really does not matter where you start it only matters that you start. 

Here are 10 benefits of regular exercise:

  1. Hormone balance. Did you know that your insulin sensitivity will improve just by exercising? 
  2. Stronger Bones: Regular weight bearing exercise (so not swimming in this case) will improve bone density thereby offsetting bone loss in later years.
  3. Better Cholesterol balance. Exercise can also improve your cholesterol profile ….
  4. Lower your blood pressure
  5. Detoxification through improved circulation. Help your body to move toxins out through improved blood and lymph circulation and through sweat.  All of these can be helpful in managing heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.
  6. Better mood. Prevent and alleviate depression through the release of brain chemicals called endorphins that can create a sense of well being and relieve pain.
  7. Keep your joints healthy by keeping them flexible and by strengthening the muscles that support them. Exercise also helps to flush toxic by products of inflammation by improving circulation.
  8. Better Immunity. This is where not overdoing it is important but moderate exercise increases white blood cell count which in turn can help your body to fight infections
  9. Better sleep - any exercise helps but in particular, getting outside between 7 am and 8:30 am (without sunglasses) exposes your eyes to natural sunlight and helps to set your circadian rhythm making it easier to get to sleep at night.
  10. Better body composition - if you move more your body will build more muscle, muscle burns more calories at rest…how good does that sound?

Still not convinced?  Try it.  Commit to 1 week.  Plan it into your calendar.  Get out of bed 15 minutes earlier in the morning and go for a walk around the block.  Walk for 10-15 minutes after you eat lunch.  Walk again after dinner - 10 to 20 minutes, whatever is manageable.  If you miss a day that’s ok - pick it up the next day.  When week one is over - improve on your schedule or just keep it going for another week.  And another.  Pretty soon you have one of the healthiest habits you can have baked into your day.   

Use your Keto//OS shakes to keep you moving - because ketones also increase your energy help to lower inflammation and preserve and build lean muscle mass you will be compounding the benefits of drinking your daily shake.  As a matter of fact, one of the things we see happening with people when they start using Keto//OS is that they want to start moving more because they simply feel better - that alone is worth the investment.

Keto//OS Fast Facts:  The best time of day to drink your Keto//OS Shake

The simplest answer is - whenever you need it.  Whenever you need energy and focus, or, when you are wanting to eat but you know it’s not that you need to but that you want to.    The only caveat has to do with whether you are using the charged (with caffeine) or caffeine free formula.  Try to not use the charged formula after 2 pm to avoid disrupting your sleep.  I like to have both on hand so that I have options.  There are also people who swear by drinking a Keto shake (not charged of course) an hour or so before bed to help them have the best sleep. 

Some great times to use Keto//OS:  In between meals, before a long meeting, before a workout.  I will often use my Keto//OS when I am going to be driving long distances - it’s awesome for my focus

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