Moving your body for as little as 30 minutes per day can have profound positive effects on your overall health.
1. Boost your Mood
The rush of endorphins not only makes you feel great, it also helps to combat anxiety, depression and helps to cope with stress.
2. Healthy Bones
Exercising regularly will help to strengthen muscles, as well as help to build and preserve bone mass. If your bones lose density, they can break more easily. High-impact, weight-bearing exercises can really help build bones and keep them strong.
3. Improves Sleep
Getting your heart-rate racing during the day will greatly improve your sleep quality at night. This is especially true if you exercise outdoors and expose yourself to natural light, an important element in helping your body establish a good sleep-wake cycle.
4. Fun & Social / Time-out by yourself
Going to the gym or joining an online class is a great way to connect with others on a social level. Equally, if you prefer to work out alone, its a great 'time-out' where you can spend 30 mins to an hour focusing on you.
5. Improve Brain Health
Just 30 mins of movement per day can help to increase blood flow to the brain, just as it improves circulation to the heart and the rest of the body. It's also helping to boost the growth of nerve cells in parts of the brain that control memory. (Bonus! No more forgetting where you put your car keys!)
Pencil in 30 mins each day to spend moving your body in any way that feels right to you, whether that is taking a walk to get a piping hot coffee from the corner barista, or going for a quick run around the block. Maybe it's 30 mins of yoga at dawn or even just a stretching session on your living room floor. You won't regret the time.
How do you spend your 30? Let us know in the comments.
Fallon & Darren