Are you still trying to perk up after a season of the winter blahs?
The good news is you can boost your physical energy, which in turn helps you enhance other aspects of your personal energy (emotional, mental, and spiritual) to get you feeling inspired again. Incorporating more physical activity in your routine can also help you successfully deal with everyday stressors. Read on for tips to help you keep calm and pencil in physical fitness:
How much physical activity do you need? Per the Dept. of Health and Human Services, a general guideline for healthy adults is a weekly minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (like walking at a steady clip) or 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity (like running), plus strength exercises (like yoga) a minimum of twice a week to work main muscle groups. The aerobic activity could also be an equivalent combination of moderate and intense activity. Before starting or modifying your exercise routine, speak with your doctor to ensure your plan is right for you.
The Game Plan
How can you fit all this activity into your schedule and stay motivated? You don’t necessarily have to create time for it. Instead, try breaking it down in whatever way works for you. Just aim for at least 10 minutes of moderate activity at a time. When the weather allows, lace up those sneakers and get outside! Get some exercise while beautifying your landscape (mowing the lawn or digging in the garden). Make exercise fun again by enlisting workout buddies. Play outside with the kids, take a scenic hike with your significant other, support charity by participating in a walk or run. You’ll be glad you did.
We all know about the awesome physical benefits of working out. But did you know about the important stress and anxiety-fighting benefits? Dealing with stress is easier when we’re not busy battling physical ailments, so taking care of our bodies is a great step in the right direction. Additionally, exercise gives us a sometimes much-needed endorphin boost, a happiness burst that can get us in the right mindset to take on whatever life throws our way. And after a good workout, you can take a timeout from the anxiety-inducing stress of everyday life by reveling in feelings of relaxation and mental clarity.
Join us for next month’s discussion on boosting physical energy through nutrition!