Feeling the post-holiday blahs? Shorter days, early nights, less sun and cold temps? Finding the motivation to get back on the health and fitness wagon is tough this time of year. Fear not. You can walk or jog, run or lift your way to a brighter mood with exercise!
By: Carrie Burrows
Science shows that if you can get yourself off of the couch and get your feet / body moving, you’ll feel better about yourself and the world around you. Easier said than done? Not at all. Small steps lead to big changes and challenge always creates change.
When you’re active, your body releases natural chemicals that actually make you feel good. Neurotransmitters like endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine help you feel relaxed and happy. Now who doesn’t want that…naturally?
I don’t believe in “quick fixes” but moving your body is actually a quick fix that I can support because it works and it’s good for you!
3 benefits to exercising:
- It helps clear your mind and helps you re-focus
- It boosts your confidence. You can’t tell me that after a good workout that you don’t feel like you can take on the world!
- Burning calories!! How else does the fat ‘melt’ away?! Being healthy and fit will give you a better outlook on your life
Moms have such a hard time at carving an hour to give to themselves. We are all so busy taking care of others that our own health suffers and that is, well… not healthy!
Start taking care of yourself so you can always take care of your loved ones; but love yourself which includes being / getting / staying healthy!
I know that you can find 15 minutes to do some kind of exercise. Go for a power walk, do some squats and push-ups. Walk the stairs in your house and count how many times you can go up and down in 10 minutes.
Build your time each day. Once you get 15 minutes done, you and your body will crave more and that’s a great craving to have!
Do what you like (bike, jog, lift weights, dance) but do something and do it everyday.
I promise that if you can do something today, tomorrow will be easier.
I also promise that when you do get moving you’ll feel so much better. Your mind and body will be thankful!