Benefits to fun and great exercise

Benefits to fun and great exercise

We all know the wonders of exercise and how it’s great for reducing our cholesterol, strengthens our bones and muscles and best of all, controls our weight, however, exercise also has some serious mental and emotional benefits.

Remember When…? 

Can you recall a time when feeling a bit ‘flat’ or lacking enthusiasm, and when you took yourself out for a walk, returned feeling lighter and happier?

Sometimes it is hard though to make the effort when feeling ‘flat’. However when you make the effort to brisk walk for 20-30 minutes this can not only improve your mood, it can also:

1. Relieve stress

When briskly walking (or any other form of exercise) you’re reducing your body’s stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) and your body releases endorphins (your body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators) leaving you feeling happier, more aware and re-energised.

2. Clears your mind

As you’re in a completely different environment especially if you’re having a not-so-good day, I can’t think of a better way to interrupt it than with a workout.

Or, even a mini Yoga Nidra!

3. Working out improves sleep

As working out uses up energy and breaks down lactic acid in muscles and raises your body temperature.

These are just a few reasons as to why getting out into nature, heading for the gym or a QiYoga class is beneficial for your overall health.

How to do Yoga Nidra

Sit quietly, and visualise your right thumb, then your second finger, third, fourth and little finger, visualise your hand, wrist, elbow, upper arm, and so on until you’ve visualised each segment of your right side down to your little toe. Then do the same with your left side, finishing with your head and face. Complete your mini Yoga Nidra listening to your natural breath as it comes in and out, only for a couple of breaths.

I think you’ll be amazed at how energised and clear-headed you’ll be feeling.

 

Overall, you’ll maintain your flexibility, build overall body strength and improve balance (keeping the Zimmer frame in the shop!).

Written by Travelling Yogi Jen Kaz
Jen is a QiYoga® teacher who has taught in the UK and Australia since 2009. Jen has a gentle and nurturing approach to yoga with a fun and playful sense of humour. Each student feels welcomed and supported in her classes and retreats. Jen enjoys travelling and writing about her travels: living yoga both on and off the mat.

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