Research Proves: Exercise NOW, Increase BRAIN Health LATER #MoveIt # Fitness @Terri_Cole {CLICK TO TWEET}

You know exercise is good for you and makes you feel good. Why then can it be so challenging to get yourself to do it consistently?

You Only Regret the WorkOut You DIDN’T Do #MoveIt #NoRegrets via @Terri_Cole {CLICK TO TWEET}

Creating a dedicated physical fitness routine is one of my top recommendations to all of my clients, regardless of why they are seeking my advice. I know that no matter what they are trying to figure out or create, a regular exercise routine can add value and clarity. I was amazed to read the findings of a groundbreaking, twenty-five year study, “Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Cognitive Function in Middle Age: The CARDIA Study” that was published in 2014 in the online version of Neurology magazine. In the study they were able to prove a correlation between long term cardio fitness health and better middle age verbal functioning, psychomotor speed (the relationship between thinking skills and physical movement), and executive functioning (the brain’s ability to organize and regulate thought processes.)

We all know that physical fitness reduces the odds of developing heart disease, stroke and type II diabetes. That it can also help you lose weight, tighten and tone your muscles and give you more strength and endurance. That exercise can make daily physical tasks like carrying the groceries and walking up the stairs easier and can also support emotional stamina when it comes to minimizing stress, anxiety and depression. It also releases feel-good hormones to elevate your daily mood. Now we know for sure that the benefits of consistently moving your butt are not just for your body and emotional state but for your brain as well. How amazing is it that getting committed now can potentially lessen your chance of cognitive decline later in life?

Reframe Resistance: You GET 2 (NOT HAVE 2) Work Out! Be #Grateful & #MoveUrAss @Terri_Cole {CLICK TO TWEET}

I know working out can be challenging if you’re just starting out or have fallen off the Soulcycle wagon. I also know that if you’re stressed out and stretched to your limit, working out might be the last thing you want to do. However, science continues to prove that physical fitness is part of the winning formula to a happier and healthier life now and later. If you don’t know where to begin; just do something. You can start by shaking your booty to music you love for one song a day. Then increase it to two and so on. Choose something you will actually do to set yourself up for success. If you have a pal who is committed to fitness, see if they will mentor you or get a fitness buddy who you can walk with for thirty minutes a day to begin. I have had a dedicated fitness routine for the past two decades and what I learned is that, no matter how compelling the 3:00 A.M. infomercial may be, if it’s not fun, I won’t do it. The more good feelings you associate with the activity the more it feels like a privilege rather than a punishment.

For those of you who do exercise, whether you’re consistent with your fitness or not, I want to hear from you in the comments below. How do you feel after working out? And what motivates you to get moving, especially on those days when you really don’t want to? Please share, connect with others and exchange tips in the comments section. I always love hearing from you.

Here’s to moving your butt this week and as always, take care of you.

Love Love Love


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  1. Terri, much love I send to you! I met you at Kate & Mike’s weekend in Maine in Oct 2014 and my journey towards helping women with their self-care continues. Thank you for reminding me that the power of movement is mental as well as physical. I continue to try to meditate each morning as you advised and some days go better than others. Such is life. Thank you for inspiring me today and know I value your gift to the world! Smiles & Hugs, Alison Dix

    1. Alison! Thank you for taking the time to comment! I am so happy to hear you are on the path of self-care and continue to inspire others. Keep rockin’ and keep taking care of you! <3 - Terri
      P.S. I have a 21-Day Free Meditation coming up that I hope you join, I think you'll love the topic - xo

  2. A year ago, I had a heart stent placed in my LAD. The “widow maker” artery was 99 percent blocked.

    About two months later I started cardiac rehab. That led to the development of both an exercise regimen and changes in diet. And later to improvements in my mental/emotional state as well as my spiritual. While I don’t encourage people to follow my example, I am acutely aware of the impact changes have on a person’s well-being.

    1. Thanks for sharing your personal story, Mark. The choice you made to both develop an exercise routine AND stick with it is inspiring. It goes to show that even if you have setbacks, you can make changes and move forward towards better health. I am so glad you hear you are doing so well. – Best, TC

  3. Hey Terri

    Exercise has become stress relief for me. It helps me stay focused and grounded. I feel really good about myself when I can get outside and move my body, even if it’s only for 10-20 mins. I love going for a walk, especially long nature walks with friends. I’m also practicing yoga 1-2 times a week to help me calm my nerves and centre myself. I am pretty busy like everyone else I’m sure, but setting aside 20 mins everyday for myself to get some kind of exercise in really makes a difference to the day. I strongly feel doing a little bit of daily exercise is better than getting none in at all.

    I think this is my first time commenting on your blog and I just want to say a big THANK YOU! You’re content is so inspiring and wonderful.

    All the best

    1. Thank YOU, Cat! Your comment is so inspiring. So many people think if they can’t get to the gym and dedicate at least an hour to working out then it’s not worth it. Your experience proves otherwise. Sometimes all it takes is ten minutes walking around the block or dancing to a couple of your favorite songs to feel good. You are spot on when you wrote “doing a little bit of daily exercise is better than getting none in at all.” Thanks again for the comment and keep rockin’ your fitness.

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