As we continue to promote Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to highlight some tips for exercise. Why? Because exercise is known to be one of the most effective ways to improve mental health.
According to HelpGuide.org, regular exercise:
Exercise can come in many different forms. You may love going to the gym or a local fitness center. But if you don’t have the time or money for those options, a variety of workout options are just a Google search away.
Tip #1: Find an exercise you enjoy
Do you prefer endurance exercise like aerobics?
Strength building like weight lifting?
Flexibility exercise like yoga and pilates?
Would you rather mix it up and have a variety of choices?
Is there a sport you’d like to take up?
Expand your definition of exercise and try to have fun.
Tip #2: Exercise during the time of day you have the most energy
Are you a morning person?
Find a time that is right for you and try to be consistent.
Tip #3: Define your exercise goals
Sit down and write a note to yourself about why you are going to exercise. It really helps some people to keep an exercise journal. If that sounds like something you would do, go for it! If you know you would buy a journal and then never use it… don’t worry about it!
Document your goals.
Are you hoping to slim down?
Are you hoping to bulk up?
Be intentional about addressing skipped workouts.
How do you feel when you plan to work out but then you skip it?
How do you feel when you plan to work out and you rock it?
Make sure to turn up the volume on the part of you that is so proud when you rock a workout.
Tip #4: Be kind to yourself
Most of us have started a workout program and then fallen off the wagon. This is a great opportunity to practice self-compassion. You really can start again tomorrow.
Try the following:
Consider having a workout partner.
Set an alert for yourself in your phone or computer.
Remember to be realistic about your expectations.
Start small and really celebrate your improvements along the way.
I hope this helps give you some guidance on your exercise journey.
You can do it! Just for the mental health of it!