This #FitFebrurary we want to discuss the connection between physical and mental health! Traditionally, we might look at these two aspects of health separately, however, they are very much interconnected.  

Research from Harvard University shows that “regular aerobic exercise can reduce anxiety by making your brain’s “fight or flight” system less reactive. When anxious people are exposed to physiological changes they fear, such as a rapid heartbeat, through regular aerobic exercise, they can develop a tolerance for such symptoms”. 

Sometimes exercising feels overwhelming because we envision it to be the HUGE effort of traveling to the gym, working out for an hour, showering, traveling home, etc… it can feel like a lot. Exercise at a gym is great for some, however, there are other ways to integrate movement into your daily life! 

Tips for the Non-Gym Lover on Staying Active 

  • 🧹 Cleaning: Many chores such as vacuuming, mopping, organizing etc. can burn calories and strengthen muscles.  Additionally, having an organized space may be beneficial to your mental health.  
  • 🏋🏾 Workout Videos: Try a #Throwback Workout: Exercise videos like Richard Simmons Sweatin’ to the Oldies or Jane Fonda’s classic workout routines are now available at no cost on YouTube. Spandex is not required but we recommend it!  
  • 🏊🏽 Swimming: It seems challenging in the winter, but many local hotels will allow you to use their indoor pool for a small fee! In warmer months swimming in local lakes or outdoor pools can burn really give you a workout!  
  • 💃 Dancing: Have a dance party with your family! It can be inside or outside. Turn on your favorite tunes from Baby Shark to Get Physical by Olvia Newton John.  
  • 🧘🏿 Yoga: Yoga is a gentle way to connect with both your mind and body! There are many videos online to start a gentle yoga practice. Additionally, here in the Greater Manchester region there are some amazing #Yoga studios that you can join.
  • ⛰️ Get Outside: Take a brief walk to the mailbox, shovel some snow, or have a snowball fight. Not only will you have the chance to exercise, but you will also be out in nature and the sunlight which is known to support overall wellbeing.  

Whatever you do, remember mental wellness can be improved when you move your body! Let us know in our social media comments your fav ways to move!