If you are someone who hates to exercise, then this article is for you. It might change the way you view exercise.
Stagnant energy in your body can lead to a whole host of issues – body aches, digestive problems, lack of creativity, weight gain, and disease. One of the easiest ways to release this stagnant energy is to move your body. When you move your body, things start to open up, energy begins to flow freely, and your body begins to heal.
But let’s face it, traditional exercise routines can get boring after a while. A better way to exercise and move your body is to find activities that you personally find interesting & fun. When you start to enjoy what you are doing, you are more likely to continue doing it on a regular basis.
Check out this article: 41 Ways to Exercise and Move Your Body that are not only easy but also fun to do
These easy to do and fun exercises will help burn calories, reduce stress levels, and give you a whole host of physical and mental health benefits.
How Exercise Can Improve Moods
While it is evident that your feelings can influence your
movement, it is not as obvious that your movement can impact your feelings too. For example, when you feel tired and sad, you may move more slowly. When you feel anxious, you may either rush around or become completely paralyzed. But recent studies show that the connection between your brain and your body is a
“two-way street,” and that means movement can change your brain, too!
Your mind and body are intimately connected. And while your brain is the master control system for your body’s movement, the way you move can also affect the way you think and feel.
Light exercise such as walking or yoga can release stress and help make you feel calm and relaxed.
Meditative movement has been shown to alleviate depressive symptoms. This is a type of movement in which you pay close attention to your bodily sensations, position in space, and gut feelings (such as subtle changes in heart rate or breathing) as you move. Qigong, tai chi, and some forms of yoga are all helpful for this. For example, frequent yoga practice can reduce the severity of symptoms in post-traumatic stress disorder to the point that some people no longer meet the criteria for this diagnosis. Changing your posture, breathing, and rhythm can all change your brain, thereby reducing stress, depression, and anxiety, and leading to a feeling of well-being.
When people get up and move, even a little, they tend to be happier than when they are still.
According to an interesting new study that used cellphone data to track activities, the researchers found, people who move are more content than people who sit. The researchers also found that people who moved more frequently tended to report greater life satisfaction overall than those who reported spending most of their time in a chair.
In general, the results suggest that “people who are generally more active are generally happier and, in the moments when people are more active, they are happier,” says Gillian Sandstrom, a study co-author who was a postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge and is now a lecturer in psychology at the University of Essex. In other words, moving and happiness were closely linked, both in the short term and long term.
Studies indicate that if you get up and move often, you are more likely to feel cheerful than if you do not.
So whether you’re getting the old hula-hoops out, jumping rope, gardening, dancing, swimming, or just taking a gentle walk, getting up and moving may help you feel better too!