When you think about the word "exercising", what images does that bring to mind? What feelings surface when you consider doing something active?
To a lot of people, the word "exercising" triggers mental images of sweaty people wearing lycra, working out in a gym, surrounded by weights and lots of scary looking equipment.
To others, "exercising" brings to mind loud music with a bouncy beat, shortness of breath and a bunch of women trying to keep up with an over enthusiastic instructor at the front of an aerobics class.
But exercise does NOT have to involve a busy, scary, expensive gym. It's not essential that your exercise has to involve sweating buckets. It's also not always necessary for you to end up out of breath.
What feelings come up? Dread? Exhaustion? Self-consciousness? Self doubt?
Or does the idea of moving your body actually give you a buzz and excite you?
There are so many possibilities for you to explore but I would absolutely recommend WALKING in NATURE. It is free, you can set your own pace, you can choose to stay on flat ground, or work your way up to inclines and hills and the fresh air and natural surroundings will also help to boost your mental and emotional well being.
If you have some green space local to you, then that would be a great place to start. Or perhaps you are fortunate enough to live near the beach. Being able to take a break from the hustle and bustle of busy life and just appreciate the peace and serenity and beauty of your surroundings, really can do you the world of good.
I truly believe that exercise does not have to be painful to be beneficial! And I will be sharing other suggestions with you over the next few weeks.
Considering the restrictions we currently have placed upon us, my outdoor daily exercise consists of taking my dog Bear (that's him in the photo) out for a good walk and enjoying the scenes of nature around us as we go.
I also consider gardening and vigorous housework to be exercise too! You'd be surprised how many calories you can burn bouncing around the house with a hoover! But that's for another post ;)
For today I say, whenever possible...
"LET NATURE BE YOUR PLAYGROUND"