Continue the month of October by reminding yourself to get up and get moving! Find forms of exercise you can stick with and build more opportunities to be active in your routine. Being active is one of the best ways to maintain your physical and mental health - especially during this time of isolation and social distancing.
Physical Activity Benefits
Boosts mental wellbeing.
Regular physical activity can relieve tension, anxiety, depression and anger. Exercise increases the flow of oxygen which directly affects the brain (American Heart Association, 2017). Your mental acuity and memory can be improved with physical activity.
Improves physical wellness.
It enhances your immune system and decreases the risk of developing diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
● Helps you manage stress and tension.
● Helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
● Improves your self-image and self-confidence.
● Helps you spend more time outdoors.
● Promotes a positive attitude and outlook.
Challenging yourself to be more active provides a great opportunity to examine personal habits and increase daily activity. Here are some ideas to move more throughout the day.
Set a timer.
Avoid being sedentary for too long and set a reminder to move around for five minutes every hour or 10 minutes every two hours.
Be creative at home.
Find more ways to get up and off the couch by taking a walk to or do a few-push ups between episodes of a TV show. Active chores like vacuuming and cleaning up after dinner count too.
Make it a habit to workout right after work or school. If you stop your momentum, you may be tempted to skip it.
Find forms of exercise you like.
Experiment with workouts that fit your personality, location and schedule. You'll be more likely to stick with it.
Move more at work.
Schedule walking meetings or make it a habit to stand every time you make or answer a phone call.
American Heart Association. (2017, January 14). Why is physical activity so important for health and wellbeing? https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/why-is-physical-activity-so-important-for-health-and-wellbeing
American Heart Association. (2018, April 18). Getting Started - Tips for Long-Term Exercise Success. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/getting-active/getting-started---tips-for-long-term-exercise-success
American Heart Association. (2020). Get Into Working Out Infographic.