For KUHR’s Wellbeing month, we couldn’t really let it go by without mentioning the importance of physical exercise. So, it’s over to our guest blogger – Personal Trainer, Greg Small:
“It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
With the above quote in mind…
- Can you afford to take sick days?
- Do you feel that you lack focus?
- Do you often struggle to focus and have a lack of mental clarity?
If you have answered ‘yes‘ to any of those questions then it’s safe to say that you need to be more physically active.
Benefits of physical exercise
Regularly undertaking physical activity can help to improve your fitness levels by putting your body under positive stress.
When you put your body under this positive stress, it can provide positive adaptations such as;
- increased lung function
- improved muscular strength
- improved muscular endurance
This can all help you to be able to carry out physical and mental daily tasks with more ease than before.
Regular exercise is great for small business owners in particular because looking after your health by maintaining a healthy mind and body is important to help reduce your risk of taking unnecessary days off work due to preventable illnesses.
Wake up and move!
The body thrives on routine and we were made to move.
Partaking in physical exercise before you begin your working day can leave you with an enormous sense of wellbeing and a positive outlook on the day ahead.
I firmly believe in ‘getting up and getting on’ being the best course of action to improve your wellbeing. So my advice is to start the day with a pre-work workout.
Exercise helps with the production of endorphins and serotonin – our pain relief and happy hormones. Both of these hormones assist in the regulation of metabolism, sleep, concentration and motivation.
A recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that regular, aerobic exercise can boost the size of the hippocampus – the area of the brain involved in verbal memory, learning and emotions.
Exercise is a great release from the pressures of work and can help you to relax and refocus. It can provide you with valuable ‘me’ time.
The benefits of exercise are vast ranging from physical to mental health. If you are having a bad day mentally it can help you to focus, release the stress built up and to calm you down and make you feel energised. Regular exercise can help with sleep which in turn provides one with increased confidence and energy.
General wellbeing improvement
Wellbeing does not mean that you are happy all the time and it does not mean that you won’t experience negative or painful emotions, such as grief, loss or failure, which are part of normal life.
Regardless of your age, being physically active can help you to lead a mentally healthier life and can help improve your wellbeing.
By participating regularly in physical activity;
- we can feel an increase in self-esteem
- it can help to reduce stress and anxiety
- it can also play a role in preventing the development of mental health problems
- it can help give you a more positive outlook
How you exercise
Whether you decide to exercise on your own, with a partner or in groups the main objective is to enjoy exercise and the benefits it brings.
A good place to start is to invest in your health and seek out the advice and services of a professional. A professional will provide you with the tools to succeed and provide you with the support you need to lead a healthy and productive lifestyle.
Decide what your goal is and why you want to exercise regularly and from there you and a fitness professional can help to map out the best route to take.
- In order to improve your wellbeing make sure that you prioritise physical exercise as it can help with your health, fitness, and focus.
- Keeping physically active can help reduce the likelihood of developing problems with high blood pressure, mobility, cancer, obesity, and heart disease.
- To maximise your productivity and focus make physical activity part of your daily routine.
If you’d like more information on seeking professional help with your exercise and fitness, you can contact Greg by sending an email to: [email protected] or check out his website here: https://thefitness.coach/