Change your mind to change your body.
Exercise is a mental feat as much as a physical one. Here are some strategies to reframe your thoughts and make exercise a positive activity you want to keep doing:
- Decide that your health is a priority.
- Be thankful for the chance to exercise. You don’t “have to” exercise. You “get to.”
- Find one activity that you enjoy.
- Remind yourself that every minute you spend moving your body today makes you healthier tomorrow.
Snack (on exercise).
Sneak exercise into your day with a few mini ‘snack’ workouts. Short, 10-minute walks add up toward your daily goal and are easier to fit into your schedule. Snack workouts improve your focus, heart health, and weight.
Exercise can quickly help you feel happier, smarter, and stronger:
- Improves your mood by reducing stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms.
- Sharpens your memory and cognition by creating new blood vessels in the brain.
- Helps you look younger with an improved skin tone.
- Keeps colds and other illnesses away.
- Improves your sleep.
- Helps you burn more fat, even when you’re resting or sitting.
Did you know?
During exercise, your body increases the production of chemicals, including endorphins, your brain’s ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters. Endorphins reduce pain and create a sense of well-being. That’s why you feel calmer, positive, and more self-confident after physical activity. Whether you’re hiking a nature trail, taking a yoga class, or working out, regular exercise helps lower stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms. Get moving for a sense of control over your body and your life!
Turn up the beat.
Music, especially a high-energy beat, helps you forget you’re tired and sweaty and can increase your endurance. And you may not even realize you’re working harder. That’s why dancing to your favorite song is so much fun – and excellent cardio exercise.
Exercise and do extra physical activity.
Is there a difference between exercise and activity? Yes, and they’re both needed. Structured exercise, like hitting the treadmill three times a week, is great. But you also need regular physical movement throughout the day. Especially if you are sitting or inactive for prolonged periods of time every day.
The activity doesn’t have to be intense either. Here are a few ways to move more:
- Stand and stretch every half hour.
- Change positions often when working (like using a standup desk or sitting on the floor).
- Go for short walks, outside if possible.
- Do a snack workout right at your desk.
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