I originally set a goal in mind to complete this 12 week program as best as I could to get me slimmed down by the end of summer. I used my son’s nap time to do my workouts 3 times a week. The first 2-3 weeks were difficult. It had been years since I had done anything this intense. I couldn’t finish some of the workouts for each a couple of weeks because I was so burnt out. However, I kept in mind that it is ok if I don’t finish that day’s program. As long as I did my best, it was better than not working out at all.
As a few weeks went by of this dedication, I began noticing a change. Yes, my pregnancy bum got smaller and my arms got more muscular. Besides the physical progress, I realized I was not as tired throughout the day as I used to be. Before I began, I always tired quickly from keeping up with my son and doing house chores. I always found myself saying, “Oh, I’ll do it tomorrow”, which lot of times would not happen then either. It was easy for me to spend my free time (R’s naptime) just laying in my bed vegging out.
Now, it is not hard at all to keep up with my son and doing house work. By the end of the day, I am still not exhausted. I would keep track of my weeks at the beginning counting down to when I would finish the program. However, I quickly saw the benefits of making this routine a permanent part of my life, not just for 12 weeks.
I want to share with you all 5 benefits having a lifestyle of fitness.
1) As described from personal experience, exercising gives you more energy. It helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more effectively, which in turn gives you the extra energy you need to do daily chores and errands without tiring out quickly. Yes, after doing the workout itself, you feel tired, but it is the not the same tired you feel from everyday fatigue. 
2) Regular exercise can help you sleep better at night. The energy you put into working out regularly helps your body fall asleep faster and deeper at night. Sleep itself has a vital importance to maintaining a healthy body. 
3) Exercising can lift your mood up. As in the words of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, ” Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t”. Exercise releases “happy” hormones that can help melt away stress and help keep depression at bay.  [3
4) Exerise can help you think more clearly. It helps stimulate brain activity and with increase oxygen running through your veins can help lift away any cloudy mind fogs . Working out also encourages higher levels of healthy chemicals called brain-derived nerve growth factors which helps discourage cognitive impairment as you get older  .
5) Exercising can help manage and even prevent a vast amount of diseases and health conditions. Here are some just to same a few : heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, and depression. It helps boost the immune system which helps prevents us from catching flues and colds, and helps manage whatever other health condition you may be dealing with. Also, it strengthens the heart which helps it pump more efficiently and is less likely to build up plaque .
You definitely don’t have to work out everyday. I sure as heck don’t have time for that! But 2-3 times a week for 30-40 minutes each is a great start. Also, if running and lifting weights isn’t your thing, try dancing, swimming, boxing, or yoga. And if these are too much, start with good long walks. Anything that gets you physically moving is a great way to get and stay healthy!
Thanks for reading!
Let me know what is your way of staying active and moving?