Journal 3: To Take Care of Your Child (ren), You Have to Consider Taking Care of Yourself

The Benefits of Daily Exercise for All Parents

I can’t stress enough how beneficial it is to have quality “work outs” as a person. Whether you are older, younger, female, male, in school or a professional, everyone highly benefits from a quality “work out.” As a busy parent, it is so beneficial to “work out.” Initially, people think the purpose of working out is to lose weight but there are so much more reasons why it is important and beneficial! After a 20-40 minute workout, I am energetic and less tired. It boosts up my spirits  when I am stressed and it is fun! Maintaing daily work outs is challenging for a busy parent with a full schedule but if you could squeeze it in, you will see that it is well worth it!! I usually fit it in when my kids are in bed.  For now, while I am working full time and my 3 children are all under the ages of 7, I work out at home on weekdays. If I can fit  in a “run” on the weekends, I definitely do. My “work outs” are very short and simple but after it, I feel like a new person!  If you can, involve the children. It is good for them too! There are many applications of the iPhone and iPad that are wonderful! See below for some free apps. that I would pay for!  I’m a big fan of Jillian Michaels (a fitness instructor) who has perfect work out videos on You Tube that you can watch and use during your work outs! She was premiered on the hit TV show, “The Biggest Loser.”  Here is the list of things needed:

1) Comfortable quality sneakers

2) Cushioned mat

3) 2 dumbells (the weight depends on you)

4) water bottle

5) work out clothing

6) a laptop, iPad or your phone

Below is website listing 7 benefits to daily exercise (Check it out):

The “Short Read” is below or you can click on the link.  

Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity

You know exercise is good for you, but do you know how good? From boosting your mood to improving your sex life, find out how exercise can improve your life.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. Need more convincing to exercise? Check out these seven ways exercise can improve your life.

No. 1: Exercise controls weight

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.

No. 2: Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

No. 3: Exercise improves mood

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

No. 4: Exercise boosts energy

Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

No. 5: Exercise promotes better sleep

Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.

No. 6: Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life

Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there’s more to it than that. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise.

No. 7: Exercise can be fun

Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.

The bottom line on exercise

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or you have any concerns.

Below are 4 great FREE apps. for your work out indoors or on your run! These are just a few among many apps available!

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