17 Jan Why exercise is vital to the mind and body.
Are you ready to release a little stress that may have built up over the holidays? Or are you starting a New Years Resolution to get more active? (again?) I promise it is not impossible to do.
As we get started, I challenge you to find a friend who needs to lower their stress to become your accountability partner. Start by sending this email to all your friends and see who responds back. Then you know you have an accountability partner.
Finding an accountability partner will help you stay on track with your goal. Knowing there is someone who is going to check on you will help you to get started in the beginning when you would rather go home and sit on the couch.
Now, let’s get real about why you need to exercise – it’s not just that beach season is 4 months away!
I don’t have to tell you, you already know that exercise does your body good, or you wouldn’t be considering starting a new exercise routine. If you feel like you’re too busy and stressed to fit exercise it into your life, that’s a sign you really need it.
Exercise has so many amazing benefits- it improves your mood, increases your self-confidence, helps you sleep better, lowers depression/ anxiety, and releases endorphins all of which will have a significant impact on your ability to decrease your stress.
THE BEST NEWS is that exercise doesn’t have to be something you dread.
Virtually any form of exercise is great. Something as simple
• walking a few minutes a day
• parking your car farther from the entrance to the mall or work instead of parking right up front
• taking a dance break at your desk
… believe it or not, it is a great start.
It’s great if you do aerobics, yoga or even jogging but you don’t have to be an athlete to get the benefits of exercise. When you’re out of shape, a little activity goes a long way towards stress management. There is a massive connection between exercise and stress relief, and that’s why exercise should be part of your stress management plan.
Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But activity also has some direct stress-busting benefits.
Exercise releases your endorphins which are your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters which are often referred to as a runner’s high. You don’t have to be a runner, a good walk or a nature hike will also give you this same feeling.
Exercise is meditation in motion. After a great walk, a nature hike, swimming or any other form of exercise you choose, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements.
This is just the beginning. When you exercise regularly, and you let go of your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you’ll find you have an increase in energy and optimism, and it will help you remain calm and clear in everything you do.
Exercise will improve your mood, and regular exercise increases your self-confidence and helps you relax.
If you have symptoms of depression and anxiety, you’ll feel uplifted.
If you’re having trouble falling or staying asleep, it may be because you’re experiencing stress, but you’ll find exercise will also improve your sleep.
All of these benefits will give you a sense of command over your body and your life.
If you are still feeling at a loss as to where to start.here are two options to help you get started.
Schedule a complimentary discovery call with me.
We can begin working on a plan for you to be successful in lowering your stress and starting to take better care of your body. Let’s put exercise and stress relief to work for you.
Download my handout Putting Exercise to Work for you
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