Learn to love physical activity

We know physical activity is good for us and we should do as much as we can. But what counts and how can it help us? Hint: you don’t have to ‘exercise’ to be active. Intrigued? Read on!

The World Health Organisation tell us physical activity is ‘any skeletal bodily movement that provides us with energy expenditure’. Exercise can be a part of that movement but so too can walking, yoga, chair-based exercises…the list goes on! Find out what you enjoy and do that as often as you can.  

When you exercise isn’t as important as making it a part of your routine. You could do a brisk 10 minute walk during your lunch break and after work. Or a 1 hour dance class every week. It’s recommended you do 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, but any movement is better than none so pick what makes you feel good and do it regularly. 

Why should we be active? There are almost too many benefits to list so let’s focus today on the positive impact physical activity can have on your mood, motivation and self esteem. We know that exercise increases serotonin, which helps your brain to regulate mood, sleep and appetite. It also increases endorphin levels to naturally boost your mood. So when we exercise we feel better, sleep better and are more energised. 

Have you noticed when you finish a workout or walk you feel in control with a boosted feeling of accomplishment? Exercise is great for improving your self esteem. There’s nothing better than getting outside on a beautiful day. Go for a walk, breathe in the fresh air and take in nature. It doesn’t have to be hard, sweaty or boring! Walking groups are a great way to not only increase your steps but meet new people.  

If walking isn’t for you, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to be physically active – think gardening, dancing or playing with your children or grandchildren. Find what works for you and move more – feel better! You’ve got this! 


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