The Importance of Exercise – A Quick Read on Staying Fit
Since March last year, for many of us, our physical health has been compromised. Our diet, exercise, lifestyle, sleep and management of health has somewhat been let go of.
Many people mistake the importance of exercise to be solely physically beneficial. However, exercise benefits our mental wellbeing also.
Before we become our own worst critic we have to remember that prior to the pandemic our exercise routines were for most of us supplemented by constant walking – to work, school and maybe even popping over to your neighbour’s house for a cup of tea. When lockdown began everything else stopped. Now I don’t know about you, but for most this was a one way ticket to weight gain and other health problems.
Doing things as simple as stretching has an array of benefits:
- Maintaining physical resilience
- Enhanced circulation
- Stronger joints
- Stronger bones
- Regulation of cortisol
- Weight regulation
Many people forget about the mental health benefits that come with exercise. These include:
- Improved sleep quality
- Decrease risk of developing depression and anxiety
- Reduced cortisol levels
- Reduced mental fatigue
- Increased endorphins – feel good chemical in the brain
- Increased mental resilience
Whilst understanding the importance of exercise, some of us may feel that we have a lack of equipment, clothing or even just feel that it would take too much commitment to try. The key here is keep it simple. Whether it’s a youtube workout or a bike ride just start somewhere.
Here are some of my favourite ways of keeping my heart rate up:
- Dancing – before bed, when the kids are bored, whenever you can.
- Cleaning – hoover, wipe, dust. It all counts.
- Gardening – yes, it’s cold outside for most of the year but you can’t let that stop you!
- YouTube – There are so many exercises available find the one that is right for you and stick to it!
- Taking the kids for a walk – not only will you enjoy the fresh air, but they will enjoy the bonding time.
- Yoga – the perfect option whether you are a beginner or pro.
We often don’t realise the power of exercise until we get into the habit of it. Although it is hard to begin, take that step and future you will thank you for taking care of yourself
How will you make a small change to get moving? Let us know in the comments.
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