So we all know there are benefits to regular exercise. If you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, get stronger, or are an athlete looking to improve performance, you likely have turned toward exercise to help achieve your goals.
But, there are more benefits of exercise that meet the eye. It has been a hard time for everyone during this time. Stress, anxiety and depression are on the rise.
Exercise has huge benefits on wellbeing, and we could also use some of that right now.
Exercise is associated with:1
- Improved wellbeing
- Better mood
- Decreased stress and anxiety
- Improved cognitive function and memory
- Prevents/delays cognitive decline
While short term exercise has effects, they are that much greater once you start exercising longer term.
So how do you get yourself up and moving??
Start small, by adding frequent walks. Go for a walk listening to a podcast/talking on the phone or meet a friend for a socially distant walk or run. Or try to add in 10 squats and 10 push-ups a day and build up from there. It is never too late to start. And is helpful if you can find a friend to do it with you or keep you accountable.
And I am here to help! Need an accountability buddy? I’m your girl. Need someone to help give you the push to get moving? Let’s start training. YOU’VE GOT THIS.
1. Mandolesi L, Polverino A, Montuori S et al. Effects of Physical Exercise on Cognitive Functioning and Wellbeing: Biological and Psychological Benefits. Front Psychol. 2018;9. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00509