Were you able to glean any wisdom from last week’s Circle of Life focus on “Relationships?” I would love to know your thoughts and if there are issues you are struggling with, just know I’m here to help.
This week I want to discuss on the area of physical activity. On my Circle of Life, this is one area that does need more focus … especially since I’ve transitioned my business from Professional Organizing to Spiritual Life and Health Coaching. Why might you ask?
Well, let me share the revelation I received this past year.
When I was doing my “hands-on” organizing, I was very active during the day. There would be some days that I was on my feet for 8+ hours … especially when I was transitioning a senior into a new home. My goal with them was to get them set up in one day, if possible. So, my days could be a good 8 hours of non-stop working. I never felt overwhelmed or had body pain. It just seemed easy for me to be moving all day.
So, this is where the revelation comes. Because I would be gone for the day, I would keep my heat in my home at about 64°. When I got home from work, I might raise it to 66° but most days it stayed at 64°. At night, I put the thermostat at 59°. I like it cold when I sleep.
But since I’ve now been working from home with my Coaching, I have found that this past winter I was always cold. I’d be putting on layers and even raising my heat up to 68° but still being cold. I would have to drink hot tea all day to warm me up. I didn’t want to raise the heat higher than 68° as I was trying to budget that expense. I couldn’t understand why I was so much colder this past year than the prior year. I could tolerate the heat between 64 – 66° a year ago. But not now. Then it hit me. I’m not being active. My body wasn’t working to keep my blood flowing well and warming my body up. That made sense. So now that means I need to be intentional about being active.
Now that Spring is here and I’ll be working outside a lot, will help me be more active. But I believe I still need to implement an intentional exercise program for my health and well-being. Exercising has never been a love of mine. But even walking daily or every other day would be beneficial for my health.
What does adding “physical activity” or exercise to your daily regime do for you? Well for one it’s considered “nature’s antidepressant.” We have been created to be physical, to sweat, and to have a greater understanding of our physical selves in an active way.
Exercising will improve:
- Bone density
- Restful sleep
- Balanced hormones
- Decrease your food cravings
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Body tone and more
Those are great reasons to add physical activity into your life!
What do you like to do for physical activity or exercise? Or do you find it hard to motivate yourself to do it? Do you find that you make excuses to find something to do instead … even clean the house? I get it. But being active, being intentional about putting some exercise program in place will truly be beneficial to your health as well. I’m not saying you need to join a health club … maybe just take a walk daily. Find someone to join you. You will be that much more motivated and on the road to “healthful” living.
Let me know what you plan to do? I’d love to hear your ideas!
Your Spiritual Life and Health Coach … believing in you!