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Exercise your way to being happier

Exercise your way to happiness!

OK, so for me, this one is a no-brainer: exercise makes you happier. On our exploration of the 10 steps to happiness, this is number three. And with more than two decades working as a physiotherapist (physical therapist), I really do know about this subject! Of course, there are bucket-loads of information, advice, data on why exercising is good for you, how it can lighten your mood, improve self-esteem, promote better sleep, even lift depression. Were I to suggest a wee shot of morphine to get you through the day, I would be in a morsel or so of trouble. But endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that go to work in your brain during exercise, induce similar feelings to morphine – and have no negative side effects, cost nothing and have multiple benefits. So I am more than happy to recommend a bit of that! 

Exercise has to be fun otherwise we won’t stick at it. I must have said that thousands of times to folk going through their rehab after ill-health or injury. We all know what we should do, but actually doing it is a different story. Most of us don’t suffer from a lack of information, but motivation.

For me, I love being outside, and I love music, and I love being fit – running was a bit of a revelation to me, but over a year on and I am still pounding my way around the local river paths and parks. Lovely. And our favourite family thing is our new-to-us wii (we are a bit reticent on the technology front) – dancing, sports, sword fighting (GREAT for unleashing and off-loading frustration!), yoga – all become much more fun, more competitive, and more likely to be stuck at when done together. 

So – a good key to motivation is to know yourself.

What do you love to do?

How do you love to do it – on your own, with music, with a friend, in a group?

Outside or inside?

What sports really rock your boat or what have you always had a secret yearning to try? 

Exercise with a friend or in a group and you get to tick off two happiness keys at once, as your relationships will be strengthened too – bonus!

Although I am no longer working as a physio, I can’t switch it off – that awareness of what is happening in your body, the connection between body, mind and soul. The importance of good posture. Balance in all dimensions – physical, emotional, mental. The essential role of exercise in creating time to cherish and care for ourselves

I’m off to energetically and vigorously hang the washing up. And this week, how can you incorporate more exercise into your life, and run/cycle/dance/walk/bop/play your way to happiness?

And if you are looking for more tips, practical ideas and inspiration about exercise, caring for yourself and living with greater happiness, my free self coaching guide will help you with just that, plus a lot more. Simply fill in the form (and keep an eye on your spam folder as the reply sometimes ends up in there).

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