Embrace Change and Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet!
January 07, 2019
By Leslie A. Davis, Executive Director, The Aspens at Mariposa Point
It takes willpower to change bad habits and a willingness to go outside of your comfort zone to start new lifestyle changes. Change is hard, but more often than not, change is what is needed to get to a better place, physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, etc. We’ve all heard this quote a million times, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” This famous quote, attributed to Albert Einstein, hits us square in the heart because there is so much truth in it, and we can all relate. Most of us are serious creatures of habit and lovers of comfort.
Being asked to do something out of our norm can trigger all kinds of feelings like doubt, fear, anger (how dare I be asked to change!), resentment, and other negative emotions. They seem to all bubble to the top of our insecurity tank and we can react by withdrawing, rebelling, or by acting out in some other way that is actually more detrimental to ourselves than to anyone else.
Change can happen in our work life, social life, and can affect where we live, what church we go to, what doctor we see, if we rent a house or buy, if we propose or breakup, etc. Change is just a part of life, so it is not whether or not we’ll experience change as we carry on down the road, but rather how we react and move forward.
The discussion of change segues to the next topic, which is how important daily exercise is to our bodies. If you are an athlete or just a disciplined person who has adopted an active lifestyle where exercise is part of your daily routine, congratulations! For a large number of us, this will be a major change we need to make.
For those who struggle in this area, it’s not as easy as Nike proposes with their slogan, “Just Do It.” If it were, we wouldn’t have such an epidemic of overweight people. The vast majority of American adults are overweight or obese. That’s an estimated 160 million Americans! There are more obese adults living in America than in any other country in the world. This is the downside to privilege. Research has shown approximately 25 to 35 percent of American adults are inactive. They have sedentary jobs, no regular physical activity program, and are generally inactive around the house or yard. Just over half of adults nationally, 51.7 percent, meet the national Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic activity (Arizona is ranked #30 with 25.1 percent).
Proper nutrition, getting enough sleep, and drinking lots of water to stay hydrated (especially in AZ) are all important components to being healthy, but daily exercise has incredible benefits.
The most important, noncontroversial, and simple thing everybody can and should do is to exercise. Regular exercise can supply the following benefits:
- Exercise can help manage or improve diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.
- If done regularly, it reduces the metabolic risks associated with declining estrogen.
- Physical activity increases HDL, reduces LDL, triglycerides, and fibrinogen.
- Reduces the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.
- Exercise can help burn calories and minimize midlife weight gain.
- It increases the bone mass to offset the decline of bone mineral density and prevent osteoporosis.
- It is proven to help reduce stress and improve mood.
- It may help to reduce hot flashes, thereby minimizing the “domino effect.”
Daily exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous weight lifting or marathon running. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends these exercise guidelines:
— Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity or a combination of both each week.
– Exercise all major muscle groups at least two times a week. The general goal is to aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
If you’re not physically active currently, make this change the New Year’s resolution that sticks, and remember, “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” Be the change that will make your 2019 the best year of your life.
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