Running Or Walking Your Way To Happiness
We know that exercise is good for our bodies, but did you know it also help our minds?
Scientists have found that regular exercise, one that really gets your heart pounding usually called cardio, has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. About five minutes of cardio, we begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects.
But it can be hard to know where to start, and how to stay on track. Exercise for Stress and Anxiety put together some quick tips to help get you going. These are just our top 3 favorites, visit the article to see more!
- 5 X 30: Jog, walk, bike, or dance three to five times a week for 30 minutes.
- Set small daily goals and aim for daily consistency rather than perfect workouts. It’s better to walk every day for 15-20 minutes than to wait until the weekend for a three-hour fitness marathon. Lots of scientific data suggest that frequency is most important.
- Find forms of exercise that are fun or enjoyable. Extroverted people often like classes and group activities. People who are more introverted often prefer solo pursuits.
And remember, you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to get the benefits from exercise, so make sure you’re moving your body in a way that works for you.