Our body and mind are very connected! When we don't move our bodies, our mind feels sluggish too, and can even contribute to feeling blue. Fortunately, that's an easy fix! We can step-up our Springtime mood!
You don't have to be a marathon runner or a major gym addict to get the benefits either! As a matter of fact, studies show that even if you have a great workout every day, it is hard to overcome a sedentary lifestyle. In other words, it's not enough. We need to make movement part of our daily habits.
This can include things like:
Playing outside - grownups play! Frisbee, hiking, wiffle ball!
Walk in the park
Park farther away
Take the stairs
Wash the Car
Walking lunges down a hallway
Squats while brushing your teeth
Stretch while watching TV
Being outdoors in connection with movement also has benefits! Experience the sounds, smells, and feels for better health. Don't forget to catch some sunshine.
Sunshine as a stress reducer:
Increases Vitamin D levels, which reduces inflammation and stress.
Triggers the serotonin neurotransmitter for an improved mood boost
Regulates your circadian rhythm for a better quality of sleep at night
Releases nitric oxide in your blood, which lowers your blood pressure
Fresh Air Benefits:
Lowers your heart rate
Can increase your energy
Improve your digestion
May boost your immune system
Increases feelings of happiness
Clear your lungs
Help sharpen your mind
Together, by staying active and taking time outdoors you can increase your feelings of happiness, boost your immunity, help your heart and lungs, and more. So get out there and step up your springtime mood (and all the rest of the year too)!
Challenge: Do an extra 30 minutes of movement today, preferably outside! Check-in and reach out with any questions!
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