Stress, demanding work schedules, and daily obligations can all create tension in the body which could lead to physical symptoms such as chronic aches, headaches and constipation. Many people try and alleviate these symptoms with medication, sugar, or alcohol which only adds to their unease. I have personally found that exercise is a GREAT way to relieve tension and stress.
Developing a regular exercise routine that suits your body type and lifestyle will do wonders for your health. You will begin to see an increase in energy, improved mindset, and physical changes. Start with activities that sound fun to you, then choose a few that you love. Do them consistently, and make them a priority in your life.
So you want to start an exercise routine but you are not sure what to do or where to begin?
Think about the following things:
Think about what you liked to do as a kid.
Did you dance, bike, hike or play sports? This is a great place to start when looking for a new exercise routine.
Listen to your body
Understand that movement is a lot like food. Different types of movement help your body in different ways.
Feeling frazzled and unfocused? Try vigorous exercise to make you feel stable and powerful (kickboxing or running).
Feeling tight and tense? Try a gentle exercise to help you feel lightness and flexibility (yoga or swimming).
What is your personality type?
If you are a quiet person, buy some equipment and you can work out in the comfort of your own home.
If you like being around people, join a team (volleyball, soccer) or a gym which gives you the added benefit of human interaction.
The key is to find something that you enjoy, brings you happiness, and overall better mental and physical health.
A few of my favorites include running, lifting weights, and playing soccer. I make physical exercise a priority for myself. I have found that I am better able to serve my family, friends and career when I have taken the time out to improve myself.
What will get YOU moving?