If you are not ‘one for exercising’, or were not brought up in an exercise-y household, you can be forgiven for thinking it is something other people do, and bowing out gracefully.
Except that if you do that, you will never know the amazing benefits that something as simple as getting out of your chair and moving your body can – and will – bring.
If you need convincing, here are five darn good reasons to give exercise a try:
- You will look better, almost instantly. Yes, I know the fact that regular exercise will improve your appearance is news, but did you know that it starts from the first session? You don’t have to wait weeks to benefit physically – your skin will look better almost instantly due to sweating and improved blood flow, and your mood and confidence will be boosted, giving you an instantly improved demeanour. And yes, if you work hard, you will also see loss of weight and improved muscle tone sooner than you think.
- We may never actually look like Angelina Jolie, but we can make ourselves feel like her. Making the commitment to treat your body to a regular workout is so empowering, it can make you feel like a fighting-fit goddess even after the first session. So when you watch Angelina throwing shapes in her next action role, you can feel proud that you’re taking steps towards making your body strong, healthy and fighting-fit too!
- You’ll experience unspoken comradery: exercises recognise each other. Joggers nod in mutual respect; fellow shoppers in the running section of your local sports retailer will know where you are coming from and what you are looking for; fellow swimmers will respect your place in the lane, and you will respect theirs. And it feels good to be part of a community like that.
- When your friends and family moan that they wish they could lose weight/tone up/get fit, you will be able to feel all smug and righteous in the knowledge that you are already taking great steps to do all of those things.
- If you don’t do it, you will never know that lovely feeling you get when you sashay past a sports shop or gym and think ‘that’s me, that is’.