Exercise and Movement for Self-Care

Exercising is one of the best ways to take care of yourself physically. You’d be shocked to notice how great it feels to exercise 30 to 45 minutes per day. Your stress levels will be reduced, and you will have a greater sense of well-being.

While you should always care for your physical and mental wellness, focusing on these aspects of our lives is even more important now as we are being impacted by the covid-19 pandemic. Poor health can weaken our immune system, causing us to be more susceptible to illness. Fortunately, we can build and improve our immunity by introducing healthy practices into our daily lives. You can do this!Physical benefits of regular exercise have been linked to:

  • Reduced risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Reduced risk for certain types of cancer
  • Increased strength in bones and muscles

Boost Your Immune System by Working Out

As mentioned earlier, exercising for 30 to 45 minutes three to five times per week can have a significant impact on the overall quality of your health. Physical activity builds up your immunity, it helps to reduce depression, reduces stress and anxiety and of course it makes you feel good.  You don’t have to spend hours in the gym but prioritizing exercise will support you in sustaining optimal health.

That said, your immunity does not improve overnight – you will have to take things one step at a time and remain consistent. Getting in the groove does not have to be hard. Contrary to popular belief, your workouts do not necessarily have to be intense. Sure, there is a place and time for intense workouts but getting started in fifth gear seldom works.

You can start by introducing something as simple as walking or slow jogging. As you get in the flow of working out, consider increasing your exercise time by five or ten minutes. It doesn’t seem like much, but raising your workout duration by ten minutes can make a massive difference. However, you will only see results if you are consistent. So, it would be best to incorporate exercise in your lifestyle.

Move as Much as You Can

You might be living in a city where you are unable to go to a gym due to covid. Please do not let this stop you from being active – simple activities like gardening, walking your dog, walking, commuting by walking may seem straightforward, but they make for an excellent and convenient workout.

So, you can skip traditional exercises if you don’t have the time or resources, but it would be best to replace them with activities that encourage you to move – your immunity will thank you for it.

Final Thoughts

Stress can take a toll on your mind and body, and for some, even thinking about exercising can cause some anxiety. However, making small changes in your daily routine or mixing up your exercise program may be what your mind needs in order to reduce your stress levels and reverse any health issues you may be facing!

Please reach out if you need some support getting started!

Yours in Health,
Thulani