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Move More Month: The Importance of Exercise

In Tips for you by Tammy Brown

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April is Move More Month! Although we are confined to our homes and gyms are closed, there are plenty of ways to stay active. Exercise is important to not only our physical health, but also our mental health. Since it is is Move More Month, make it a goal of your to do just that–move more!

The Importance of Exercise

Exercise is important for our bodies in many different ways. Of course, it benefits our physical well-being but is also positively impacts our mental health as well. Contrary to popular belief, exercising isn’t just for losing weight or getting toned. According to the CDC, exercising lowers your risk of heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the United States. It also lowers your risk of potentially develop some forms of cancer like bladder, breast, colon, lung, and more. Additionally, aerobic exercise can strengthen bones and muscles. This helps to slow the loss of bone density that comes as you age.

On the other hand, exercise has immense benefits on our mental health as well. According to Help Guide, exercise, even in moderate amounts, can benefit mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression. Because exercise releases chemicals called endorphins and serotonin, it can have a positive impact on your mood. It can help improve sleep, reduce stress, and help you to think more clearly. Overall, exercise brings benefits to our mind and body, therefore it is an important activity to incorporate into our everyday lives.

How to Incorporate Exercising into Your Day

Now, you may be thinking, how can I exercise without a gym? Luckily, there are plenty of simple ways you can stay active during this time period. in fact, exercising is a great way to escape any stress and uncertainty you may be experiencing during these times.

Go For a Walk

Getting out of the house and going for a walk is a great way to clear your mind, while also exercising. Although it can be difficult to get up early, you could try to wake up and start your day with a walk. If waking up early isn’t your thing, you can always go for an afternoon or after-dinner walk. No matter what you choose, walking is a great form of moderate exercise with endless benefits on your mental and physical health.

Do an Online Workout

We are lucky enough to live in a world where we are always connected and everything is readily available through the internet. Perhaps you could try taking a virtual workout class! Many gyms are providing online fitness classes. However, even if you don’t belong to a gym or your gym isn’t doing that, you can find many different workouts on YouTube or Pinterest. Whether you use weights or simply body weight, there are plenty of ways to workout from the comfort of your home.

Go for a Hike

Hiking is a fun form of exercise that provides you with a beautiful view among completion. Luckily, Charlottesville is home to multiple different hiking trails. So long as you are practicing social distancing, hiking is a great way to get out of the house and spend some time in nature, while also exercising.

Although these times have changed the way we live and our everyday activities, it is important to stay active. For your physical and your mental well-being, make it a goal to move more during Move More Month! Get a chance to get out of the house, relieve your stress, and improve your physical fitness.

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