Change Paper

Change Part I
I will exercise three days a week for a minimum of thirty minutes.   To some this may seem like a very simple change that would take little effort.   Time is a very important and scarce commodity at this stage in my life, so as small as it may be it is a substantial change for me.   Exercising regularly will help to improve stress, sleep, and my overall health.      
“There is a continuum of meanings underlying statements of intended changes…from consideration, through aspiration, to a commitment” (Overton, McCalister, Kelly, & Macvicar, 1999).   Implementing this change for me is not only important for the benefits of exercise but for me have a small look into the change process I will be helping my patients plan and implement.  
Implementing a regular exercise routine is important for many reasons, the most important being health.   The great thing about the effects of exercise on health is that it does not discriminate.   Once tailored to an individual, exercise can have a positive effect on all ages and genders.   Exercise helps to maintain muscle strength, heart health, cardiovascular health, bone health, and many other aspects of healthy living.  
Another important health benefit of exercise is its effect on stress.   Exercise decreases stress by increasing ones overall health and sense of well-being.   This happens when exercise causes the release of extra endorphins or the “feel-good neurotransmitters.”   In reducing stress exercise can improve sleep which can be affected by stress.   Being able to control your stress yourself with exercise can give you a sense of control over your own body and your life.  
I know how important exercise is and used to love going to the gym.   Life has just gotten so busy that exercise has taken a back seat to school and family.   I began contemplating this change after having my thyroid removed and gaining fifty pounds in a year I realize how important exercise will be in trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle....