Your heart rate is beating faster and you feel better, today and tomorrow.
Any amount of exercise can noticeably boost your mood.
Helps the body:
- Improves sleep
- Increases energy
- Decreases pain
- Strengthens immune system
- Manages body weight
Helps the mind:
- Stimulates blood flow into the brain
- Reduces stress, distress and anxiety by burning off stress-inducing hormones
- Lifts mood by releasing feel-good hormones
- Improves self-confidence with better fitness
- Relieves pent-up muscle tension
Choose exercise you like
Try to get an hour or more of good physical activity each day. Choose something you enjoy and build from there. Start with a little. You might really enjoy it!
Never heard of Zumba? Try;
- Jumping rope
- Bike riding
- Playing tag
- Team or individual Sports
- Weight-lifting, with a supervised plan
- Climbing the jungle gym
Don’t forget to drink water! If you wait until you’re thirsty, you’re already getting dehydrated.
Tips to keep it up
- Track with a journal. Jot down your goals and what you have achieved. Use pictures, charts or just words. Seeing it on paper can boost your motivation.
- Put goals on the calendar.
- Do it with a friend.
- If you drop the ball, pick it up. It would be a shame to give up entirely just because you missed a few days–or even a few weeks. Remember to acknowledge yourself for any steps forward, no matter how small.
- Make time for it. If you feel like you don’t have enough time, how about squeezing your exercise into 10-minute chunks? This can be a great cure for the “blahs”.
- Reward yourself. Of course exercise offers its own rewards—but its OK to treat yourself for achievement!