What's important is that you move
Top Tips - Movement = Fitness
In our western culture, exercise has become synonymous with weight loss and body composition. However, movement and fitness are so much more than that. Your movement and how you move is a fundamental core part of your life and wellbeing. People who are regularly active generally have a stronger sense of purpose, experience more gratitude, feelings of love, happiness and hope.
Exercise is in itself a form of medicine, and that doesn’t mean regular trips to the gym. Our fitness routines can just become healthy habits for our overall better health, not just being focused around weight.
- Increases your stamina and strength.
- Maintains mobility as you get older.
- Boosts your confidence and motivation as you maintain routines and achieve your goals.
- Helps keep excess weight off.
- Improves your sleep. Exercise helps strengthen your circadian rhythm which in turn helps to promote better quality sleep.
- Exercise has a positive impact on your mood, easing and lifting a low mood which may lead to depression, by releasing your ‘happy’ chemicals, endorphins, therefore helping to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
- Strengthens your heart, helps keep arteries clear and improves blood flow.
- Helps reduce risk of health issues such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and even certain types of cancer and auto immune issues.
- Increases energy levels for other activities during the day and you’ll notice you become more motivated to complete your daily tasks.
- Activates your immune system, including helping to ward off other pathogenic disease.
In short, when you exercise blood pumps into your brain, and a group of chemicals are released:
- Endorphins (the stress coping chemical)
- Serotonin (the anti-depressant chemical)
- Dopamine (the incentive or benefit chemical)
- Norepinephrine (the focus and attention chemical)
So the release of these during exercise can boost and balance your mood, and reduce stress, depression and anxiety. Sleep, self esteem and alertness are all improved with exercise and therefore contribute to mental wellbeing. Studies show that just 30 minutes of moderate exercise just 3 days a week is enough to start to feel the benefits. The important factor is that you move.