Your body needs to move and respond to varying physical challenges on a daily basis. Kicking a sedentary, repetitive way of life will vastly improve your mental and physical health.

By exercising outside, going for walks, enjoying the great outdoors, and lifting weights you will improve your cardiovascular health, prevent numerous degenerative diseases, boost your metabolism, and have a lot more energy for doing the things you love!

As a biological creature, you are part and parcel of a dynamic, living nature; therefore, your health depends on living a dynamic and active life. Internally your body is constantly moving — every single cell is designed to move and is moving in complex ways. If your cells stopped moving you would die. Your body as a whole is the same way — it needs to move a lot, everyday. Unfortunately, modern living requires very little movement of us. Many of sit at a desk all day, sit in the car, and sit in front of the television to relax.

Recent scientific research has revealed the following startling facts about lack of exercise:

  1. Sitting for a majority of the day for work creates a significant risk for early mortality and diabetes.
  2. Obesity, which is caused by sedentary living and eating unhealthy foods, is one of the most significant risk factors for cancer. It’s estimated that 33% of all cancer cases are caused by obesity.
  3. Lack of exercise is one of the primary factors for degenerative memory problems.
  4. When it comes to bone density and preventing osteoporosis, exercise is more important than calcium or vitamin D.
  5. Lack of exercise is a major factor in infertility and hormone imbalance.
  6. Exercising on a regular basis will actually turn on the healthy genes in your DNA and simultaneously turn off the harmful genes.

Make exercise fun and incorporate it into your daily life by doing the things you love more often, walking or riding your bike to work, walking to the store, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.  

Exercise outdoors as often as possible — it’s more mentally invigorating and provides the opportunity for fresh air and sunshine (which will help you body produce plenty of vitamin D).

Effective exercising doesn’t have to be complicated. Incorporate it into your daily lifestyle and set aside at least 30 minutes per day for intentional exercise. Some of the best forms of exercise include:

  • Walking and running
  • Outdoor sports (backpacking, trail running, cross-country skiing, etc)
  • Weight-lifting
  • Yoga/Pilates

If you want to make the most of your time, the most effective exercises include weight-lifting and other high-intensity exercises like tabata or sprinting, but even walking is a great way to get healthy. The most important thing is to get up and move on a daily basis!