With all that is going on in the world today it’s easy to understand why so many people are stressed out and are dealing with high levels of anxiety. Stress is an inevitable part of life. Studies show that seven out of ten adults in the United States say they experience stress or anxiety daily, with most saying it interferes with some part of their lives. Regular physical activity is a habit that will benefit your overall health, with many positive outcomes including weight management, better sleep, releases “feel-good” hormones such as endorphins, decreases the level of cortisol (also known as the stress hormone), and helps prevent illnesses.
So what do you do when you can’t see your friends and family, your normal routine is completely out the window, and you are stuck in the house? Rather than binge watch TV or reach for something unhealthy to snack on, use this time to make exercise a part of your new normal. You don’t need fancy gym equipment to be active and healthy. Start off with ten minutes per day of light exercise such as walking and gradually increase the level of activity to 20-30 minutes per day. Take a walk around the block, walk to the grocery store, do ten pushups, 30 sit-ups, and 50 jumping jacks. It only takes minimal effort to begin a healthy exercise routine that will become your new normal. I find exercise to help calm my nerves and allows me time to focus on ME and my well-being, and what is better than focusing on being the best version of yourself?
Today is your day to get Fitness – Focused!!