We hear it all the time and it’s no secret; exercise is incredibly important for our health, longevity and overall wellbeing.
It’s very simple in theory – all you have to do is move your body, right? However, in practice, it’s not that easy. It’s much easier to plop yourself on the couch for a good ol’ Netflix binge.
There are plenty of excuses that come along with avoiding exercise. Not having time or being too busy is one of them. Feeling intimidated or lack of access to a fitness facility is another one. Exercise seems to have a connotation attached to it that makes us think we have to be squatting 100 kgs, or running a half marathon to be fit. That’s not the case. You have to take responsibility for your health and understand that it’s as simple as being a bit creative and taking advantage of the space and time around you. If you’re time poor, it may be about squeezing in a quick 20 minute session first thing in the morning.
Going for regular walks is an incredible way to start. Walking is low impact and a natural human movement that is part of our biology. There is very little stress on the body. In fact, it can almost be meditative, especially when you’re soaking up that vitamin D!
Another option is creating a workout system at home. All you need is some space, your body, and if you’re really keen, a few weights and resistance bands. We are so lucky to have so much information at our finger tips these days – it’s as simple as Googling “at home workout” or following a session on YouTube to get our blood moving and the endorphins flowing.
If that’s not enough to get you moving, let’s take a quick look at all the long term benefits of exercise. It can:
- Improve mood and decrease depression
- Aid in weight loss
- Maintain strong muscles and bones
- Improve focus and energy
- Reduce the risk of several chronic diseases
- Improve memory and overall brain health
- Improve quality of sleep
- Relieve chronic pain
- Help you live longer
Try your best to always keep moving. Even if you work at a desk, ensure you take regular breaks to walk around and give yourself a bit of a stretch. It takes a conscious effort, but if you keep movement at the forefront of your mind, eventually it will turn into a habit. If you have injuries or limitations, your physiotherapist would be more than happy to provide you some alternative options to ensure you keep on moving. They’ll be the first to tell you that exercise is the best therapy for your mind, body and soul.