Choosing to exercise is a lifelong commitment. Unless you are convinced of the benefits of fitness and the risk of not exercising, you are unlikely to succeed. Even though exercise focuses on the body, it is very much a matter of mindset and willpower.
Exercise helps fight obesity, which is one of the biggest causes of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and many other ailments. Other benefits include the reduction in stress and anxiety levels, increased stamina, energy levels and self-esteem and an overall feeling of well-being.
Always consult your doctor, especially if you have been inactive for a while or suffer from health problems.
Be honest with yourself about what you realistically think you are capable of doing.
Sneak exercise into your daily routine by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing housework at a fast pace or walking during your lunch or coffee break.
Remember that you must be committed to change – exercise is a way of life, not just another activity on your list of things to do.
Source: The Heart Foundation of South Africa, March 2007