Not so long ago, our ancestors lived lives full of activity. Today, we don’t need to hunt for food or run from wild animals, and for the most part, many of us have what is known a ‘sedentary’ lifestyle (a polite way of saying we’re physically lazy). This is especially true for those of us work in an office environment and spend most hours of our day at a desk.
We now know that physical activity – exercise – not only has great physical benefits, but can also do wonders for mental well-being. If you find yourself regularly stressed out, getting moving can do wonders to de-stress.
Exercise Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. Doctors recommend at least three 30 minute sessions of cardio workouts every week. Whether you do this at the gym, or enjoy a run around the neighbourhood is up to you, but let’s be honest – not all of us enjoy exercise or know how to fit gym into our already busy lives. So while we definitely recommend doctor’s orders, here are a few other ideas for ways to get moving.
Dancing When is the last time you put on your favourite songs and danced your heart out? This is an activity you can do in your own living room, and better still, you can do it alone or if you think you’ve got the moves, then why not get the family involved?
We could all stand to spend a little more time in our lives playing. It might mean different things as an adult, but if you’ve got kids then “Mom, come play with me” is going to sound very familiar! We’re always encouraging our little ones to spend more time away from the TV, and what better way to get them running around outdoors than join them! This also has the benefit of getting your child moving and building the bond between you.
You may be surprised to find out that there are social sport teams in your community that you can freely join. This is also a great way to get exercise into your life if you find it easier to get moving with other people in a social setting.
Yoga has become very popular for a few reasons. Depending on the type of yoga you choose to do, you may be surprised to discover you can actually break a sweat doing this. Find out if there are free outdoor sessions in your city, or join a yoga class and feel the stress melt away from your body and mind.