In today’s fast-paced world, we all have our share of stress and anxiety, which can affect our mental health in many ways. But physical activity can be a great way to take your mind off it and recenter yourself.
The good thing is physical activity doesn’t have to be hard or intense. You don’t need to go to the gym and pump iron for hours on end to feel better. You can start with simple things like going outside and enjoying the sunshine, which has huge benefits on your well-being. Even just going for a walk, dancing, doing yoga or pilates, or stretching can be a great way to start feeling better about yourself. The more regularly you engage in physical activity, the easier it will be to feel better on a more regular basis.
I always like to use movement as a chance to practice mindfulness. When going for a walk, try to find something to focus on that you haven’t seen before. Even if you’re taking the same route every day, try to notice something new, like the texture of the concrete or the wiggly patterns. By using our senses, we can find more mindfulness and gratitude for the little things in life.
As for yoga, it can be a great way to concentrate and practice mindfulness. However, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you’re new to yoga, try it out on YouTube or attend a beginner’s class to see if it’s something you enjoy. The same goes for any form of physical activity; find something that works for you and your body.
Remember, it’s not just about physical activity. It’s also important to get enough sleep, eat healthy, stay hydrated, and manage stress. All of these factors contribute to our mental and physical health, and when we take care of ourselves, we can better handle the stresses of life.
Physical activity can be a great way to take your mind off things and recenter yourself. Find a form of movement that works for you, practice mindfulness, and take care of your overall health. These small steps can make a big difference in managing stress and anxiety. If you’re looking to get someone in your corner to keep you committed to regular physical activity, have a look at my Fab-U Loz Personal Training support programs as you might just find that the accountability of a personal trainer keeps your body and mind centered.