With the federal election drawing closer, it’s not hard to become overwhelmed with politics and who to vote for. 😨 Research shows that exercise has numerous benefits when it comes to managing both physical and mental health, with the Australian Government recommending adults do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 days a week.
So whether you’re looking to become #fitspo goals or simply want to get out into the fresh air and away from the political drama, exercise can do you a world of good either way
Get that natural high
You know that feeling you get when you’ve just crushed your PB on the rowing machine? This is more than just a well deserved sense of accomplishment – when you exercise, your body releases chemicals known as endorphins. These interact with the receptors in your brain to reduce pain and reduce the presence of stress hormones, such as cortisol. Regular exercise can trigger a positive feeling throughout the body, leaving you feeling buzzed and ready to tackle anything that gets thrown at you, politically or otherwise. 👊🏽
Boosts brain growth
Regular exercise can help to increase memory, your ability to focus and your critical thinking skills. It enhances memory function by expanding the size of the hippocampus and by increasing the number of neurological pathways between nerve cells in the brain. This also aids long term protection against brain injury and disease. So the next time you’re feeling stressed, use exercise to work smarter, not harder.
Get those extra Zzz’s
Getting quality shut-eye affects all parts of a person’s life, particularly their ability to manage anxiety and respond to stress. Research shows that engaging in regular exercise can greatly improve the quality of a person’s sleep. Not only will you wake up feeling more refreshed, it can also help to regulate mood. So two words: Nap time! 😴
Party in Studio Room 6!
That Zumba group class offers more than just fun outfits and exciting music! 💃🏻🕺🏾 Group exercise gives you the opportunity to meet up with friends to boogie away all your stress. Organising with a friend to do that 6am group workout class (Daybreaker is the best!), not only makes it more enjoyable, but holds you accountable when all you want to do is hit the snooze button (because you know you’ll be sure to hear about it for the next 6 months if you bail) 😅
Quick tips for developing an exercise routine
- Pick something you enjoy! Some people love going for a jog, others would rather pound it out on the basketball court. Either way, find out what works for you! ⛹🏾♀️🚴🏼♂️
- Set short term, realistic goals. Instead of committing to 5 high-intensity workouts a week straight off the bat, start off with 20 minutes of moderate exercise 3 times a week, and then, as your fitness improves, increase the frequency and intensity.
- Exercise with people! It makes it more fun and will hold you accountable. 👯♀️
- Make it a regular commitment so it becomes just another meeting or activity, as opposed to an optional extra.