We all know that exercise is good for the mind as well as the body and can help improve your mental wellbeing as well as physical wellbeing. It’s great for lifting your mood, fighting off depression, protecting against anxiety, the list goes on, we get it, exercise yay!
There are lots of people for whom exercise comes naturally, I know many wonderful and motivated women who have changed their life with their fitness plans and look and feel great for it.
Sadly for me, I am not a woman for whom exercise comes naturally. I wake up tired and usually stay that way through out the day until bed time. I’m not lacking in motivation, no siree, but I am lacking in time and energy. Exercising actually increases your general energy levels but what if you haven’t got the time or energy to get to it to begin with?
According to UK statistics guidelines for my age group, (that’s 19-64) I should be doing at least 2 hours of moderate aerobic exercise such as cycling or fast walking a week and doing strength exercise on 2 days a week.
It’s not actually that much, I’m a bit overweight so should probably do more but I generally feel pretty comfortable with my weight – I mean we all have bad days don’t we but it doesn’t keep me up at night – I would, however, like to be a bit more active both for my emotional and physical health.
I walk about 80 minutes a day on my commute to work, that can be a dawdle or practically a run, depending on how late I am! I am going to make sure I walk at a steady pace all the time, late or not! Which is a good start. As for the rest, there are not many forms of exercise I really enjoy, the gym doesn’t appeal and I don’t really have the confidence to go to classes, but there are several types of exercise I do enjoy.
Swimming is my favourite type of exercise, it’s a really good all over exercise but feels a bit more gentle then other forms of exercise. I actually find it kind of relaxing. I haven’t been for ages but I’m going to set aside an hour or so a week to fit in a swim.
Yoga, I’ve been to about 10 yoga sessions with my friends and haven’t been very good at keeping it up (neither have my friends) but I’ve learnt enough to spend some time working on it myself each week. Yoga is good for building strength and, of course, is great for relaxation and the mind.
I actually do own a cross trainer, it’s at the side of my bedroom next to my bed, I could get out of bed and step straight on it in pjs. It couldn’t be easier, but I don’t. 15 minutes every couple of days would make all the difference.
So there you have it, that’s practically an exercise routine and I haven’t had to join a class of spend any money. I just need to have a bit of will power. It might be easier than I think. A few small differences could make a huge change. If I can do it, then anyone can…