Oh physical activity…
Why are you even needed?
I just want to go home and relax after a long day at work not go work out!
Okay but you say I can work out in the morning…☀️
Now, why would I do that if I can stay in my warm comfy bed? 🛏️
Well here’s why! 😏
This Is Why You Need To Start Exercising?
When you have poor physical health, it could be one of the biggest causes of stress in your life.
Exercise is important for keeping you in good physical health.
Cardiovascular exercise, 🚴🏾♀️ in particular, has been proven to have a wide range of health benefits besides weight loss and increased fitness.
When you exercise and your heart rate increases, ❤️ endorphins are released in your brain 🧠 which make you feel happier.
Working out has been shown in many studies to actually reduce the symptoms of depression.
It helps to shift your focus from whatever is causing it toward your workout.
When you workout, you also have to focus on your breathing.
You wouldn’t have time to be depressed with all that going on!
Since exercising regularly can help to improve your physical appearance, this can give your self-esteem a little boost as well.
As a result, your self-confidence will increase and that can help lower your stress tremendously.
Regular exercise can also help with muscle or joint pain as well.
Who knows, exercising could potentially take away a good chunk of your stress altogether!
Give it a try!
Yoga Burn is a great workout routine you can look into!
All You Got To Do Is Walk🚶🏾♀️
If your lifestyle has been more on the sedentary side recently, there’s nothing to worry about.
Even a gentle amount of exercise can help improve your stress levels.
If you’ve ever been so stressed out or tensed up about a situation, you might have gone outside to ‘walk it off’.
How did you feel after your walk?
Walking has been proven to have a number of huge physical and mental health benefits.
So if you’re not used to exercising a lot or don’t want to join your local gym, there’s nothing to worry about.
Simply going for a walk could be enough to help you feel better and clear your head.
It is probably the fastest acting, natural, ‘no prescription required’ antidepressant.
This is exceptionally true if it’s a nice day.
You are not only clearing your head, but you are also getting some well-needed sunshine. ☀️
Vitamin D is absolutely crucial for mental health.
It helps to regulate the release of those ‘feel-good hormones’, dopamine and serotonin, into your body.
Simply heading for a walk up the road or setting off to your local park ⛲️🌳🌲🌸🌼 to wander around for a little bit can work wonders in helping you put things into perspective.
It also releases endorphins which create feelings of increased happiness and euphoria.
So the next time you’re feeling like stress is taking over, hit the pavement for 10 minutes or go take your dog🐶 for a walk.
One of the easiest solutions to relieving stress.
Now if you’re thinking of increasing your physical activity or haven’t worked out in a while, I recommend starting off slow.
This will allow your body to have time to get used to the increase in physical activity as well as gradually improve your strength and endurance.
Jumping straight from the sofa🛋️ to a strenuous exercise routine can actually do more harm than good.
So, don’t feel bad if you can only do a little bit at first.
As you continue to practice, you will be able to increase the amount that you do each day.
Your Regular Active Lifestyle🚴🏾♀️
Did you know that regular exercise can help with feeling anxious and stressed out in the long run?
It is also a great ‘quick fix’ too along with just walking.
Doctors👩🏾⚕️👨🏾⚕️ recommend that people who are suffering from chronic stress, depression or anxiety, make sure that they get plenty of time in the gym.
But, don’t worry!
If you can’t or don’t want to join a gym, there are plenty of exercises you can do from the comfort of your home.
For maximum results, you should mix a range of cardiovascular and weight training🏋🏾♀️ exercises.
For example, this could include walking,🚶🏾♀️jogging,🏃🏾♀️cycling,🚴🏾♀️ or swimming,🏊🏾♀️ along with exercises such as push-ups, squats, lunges, sit-ups, crunches, and stretches.
Combining these types of exercises will not only improve your mental health, but you will also reap the benefits of a stronger and healthier body.
Incorporate Some Yoga
Once again, yoga is considered one of the best forms of exercise you can do in order to combat feelings of stress and anxiety.
It is designed to not only improve strength, flexibility, and balance, but it also helps to clear the mind and help you let go of negative thoughts and feelings.
Taking part in yoga, can also strengthen your mind and help you feel more at peace with yourself and everything around you.
Another benefit of yoga is the social aspect!
Joining a yoga class has many different benefits.
You reap the social benefits of meeting new friends and building a support system.
That support system is something that can help you during difficult times.
If you want to get started with yoga here is a great program you can check out!
To learn more about the benefits of yoga, check out my ‘Why Yoga Matters’ series.
Try Some Meditation 🧘🏾♀️
Yoga is often associated with mindfulness meditation, which is a great tool to utilize against negative thoughts that could lead to an increase in stress.
Meditation teaches you how to observe your thoughts and not give them any energy.
By not giving them any energy, you are not allowing them to rule your life.
When it comes to combatting stress, meditation is a great habit to take up and integrate into your lifestyle.
For centuries, meditation has been used to help people find the positive energy inside themselves.
It also helps one to feel more connected and at peace with the world around them.
Those who meditate regularly find that stressful situations no longer overwhelm them as much.
Whether you are spiritual or not, there is no doubt that mindfulness meditation can help you feel more relaxed and in control.
Even the act of taking the time to sit in silence and collect your thoughts can help to reduce stress.
Meditation requires you to breathe deeply, which will oxygenate your brain🧠 and give you more energy.⚡️
Mindfulness meditation can be done anywhere and at any time.
It is like your portable stress reliever.
This is what I do!
To Wrap Things Up…
Working out shouldn’t be a daunting task.
Instead, it should be the best form of stress relieving medicine that doesn’t require a prescription from the doctor.
The amount of physical activity that you do doesn’t have to take up hours of your time either.
It could be as simple as going for a short walk 🚶🏾♀️around the block or taking a quick 30-minute fitness class.
Next time, we will be discussing finding out what is stressing you out.
To your health,
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