“Exercise and application produce order in our affairs, health of body, cheerfulness of mind, and these make us precious to our friends” – Thomas Jefferson
After changing your eating habits, another aspect in your life must be taken care of: exercising. To live a healthy, balanced and mindful life you have to be active. The couch potato must be thrown out of your life. Stop being idle and take attitude! An active life will bring health and joy to your body, your state of mind and to all around you.
You don’t even have to go to the gym if you don’t like it or don’t have the time. Instead, you can start your morning with a few stretches, go for a run, play more with your children, swim, ride a bike or walk. And when you start doing some of these things, or at least one, in time, you will see the results. But first try to introduce them in your routine. You can even take baby steps. Starting now, every morning you’ll do 10-15 minutes, it’s not that long, stretches, exercises, running, jumping, whatever you want, but be active. If you’re doing these 30 days in a row then you’ll make a habit out of this and you’ll be feeling a lot better, you’ll see. Then you’ll want more.
Or, as I said it before, just walk. Walking is very important not just for your body but also for your entire well-being. It clears the mind of all that clutter and helps your imagination, your creativity and your problem –solving department. In her book Thrive, Arianna Huffington says: “As it turns out, there are many problems for which walking is the solution. In our culture of overwork, burnout and exhaustion, how do we tap into our creativity, our wisdom, our capacity for wonder? Solvitur ambulando.” The phrase Solvitur ambulando means “It is solved by walking”.
So, start solving your mind and body problems by walking, exercising. Start paying attention to your daily routines and improve them by getting to a more beautiful and mindful life.