Ian here with the Mindful Revolution to help you stay physically active during this time of physical distancing and shutdowns.
But first, why am I even talking about exercise in the first place?
Because our lives have been so disrupted (necessarily) by the covid-19 crisis, this also means that many of our exercise routines have gone by the wayside. Gyms and yoga studios are shuttered, and even the “Par-course” fit trail at my local park is taped off right now.
Furthermore, because our routines are so confused lately, our minds and emotions follow suit. We’re torn between wanting to continue to physically care for ourselves with exercise, and some days just wanting to eat Mac and cheese in the shower.
But you don’t need to totally sacrifice physical activity if your regular exercise routine isn’t available right now, nor do you need to invest in expensive at-home gym equipment! Now is the time to think outside the box about exercise!
What can exercise do to help right now?
Studies indicate that regular exercise can help:
- Treat mild to moderate depression and prevent relapse
- Promote neural growth, reduced inflammation, and increased feelings of calm and well-being
- Release endorphins that relieve stress and anxiety and improve mental energy and focus (runner’s “high”)
- Improves sleep
- Boosts resilience
- Increase energy
- Improve memory and thinking
- Strengthen immune system
How can I start or maintain an exercise routine right now?
Just because you can’t hit the local gym or fitness class right now doesn’t mean you have to give up altogether! Now is the time to be creative about exercise. And remember: reaping the mental health benefits of exercise is easier than you think. Even a little bit of activity is better than nothing. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Get outside! For those of us in the northern hemisphere right now, Spring is springing forth. We are getting a little more sunshine, beautiful flowers and trees budding. There are mental health benefits to being outside as well, so when this is combined with exercise, the benefits are compounded! Go for a walk, a jog, or a bike ride. Don’t underestimate the benefits of going for a simple walk!
- Start a yoga practice. There are plenty of online streaming options for yoga workouts, and it requires very little equipment or space. Yoga is known for tons of physical, mental, and even spiritual health benefits. Now’s a great time to try!
- Try a HIIT workout. There’s a big market for home workouts, and these can also be done with little to no equipment (I’m a big fan of Shaun T’s “Insanity”). Assuming you have some space at home to workout, this is a great option.
I’m ready to get started. What do I do now?
In my life coaching practice, I’ve helped many clients find an exercise routine that works specifically for them. Exercise is a great way to practice mindfulness, and research indicates that doing so increases the mental health benefits of exercise (as opposed to zoning out). If you are ready to fully reap the benefits of mindful exercise, CLICK HERE NOW to schedule a free appointment to talk to me about how you can start doing this now!
To your health!