You arrive home from work feeling stressed and tired. Your body aches, your head is throbbing and all you want to do is lie down. However, as soon as you open up the door your three wonderful children are there to greet you. Greetings, including hugs and kisses are exchanged and right after comes the inevitable question; “Will you play with us?” You don’t want to disappoint your children, however, you just don’t have the energy to run around the house or play a game of basketball. You refuse and promise that tomorrow you will do something with them. Unfortunately, tomorrow you feel the same way and the day after and the day after.

Instead of ending up in this endless cycle why not take the plunge and say “yes” in the first place. Not only will you have the undying love of your children but you may be surprised at the amount of energy you have following that 30 minutes of play.

Exercising for 30 minutes at a moderate level, such as chasing your children around the yard or having a game of soccer, will not only help to improve your mental and physical state in the future, but will also have a profound effect in the present. That’s right a mere half hour of your life will improve your appetite as well as sharpen your mind for problem solving. It may even make it easier to sleep at night which in turn will leave you with more energy the next day!

What are some of the benefits of regular exercise? It promotes self-discipline and will increase your confidence. Training programs often help lift your spirits, decrease depression and alleviate stress. If you are a beginner you can start with only 15 minutes a day. Surely everyone has 15 minutes to spare in order to improve their overall wellbeing? As you improve you can steadily increase the amount of time you exercise for as well as increase the amount of times you workout during a week.

Remember to start off slow, you do not want to injure yourself by lifting weights above your level or pushing your body past its limit. Injury can stop you from exercising before you even begin and can be very discouraging for future workouts. Therefore be careful, if your body is in pain or something doesn’t feel right stop! Do not continue until you consult a professional.

Weight loss is another great reason to partake in moderate exercise daily. Many health problems are related directly to being overweight including high cholesterol and increased blood pressure. By training you can lose extra pounds, build confidence and help to protect your body against health preventable health risks.

Moderate daily exercise can work wonders on your energy levels and can increase your mental health. Not only will you be able to come home from work to play with your children but you may find that you actually enjoy exercising! Remember, the first step is often the hardest one to take, be strong and take the plunge!

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