Examples of Exercise
While exercise might seem more difficult because of social distancing and gyms are closed, it’s still possible to get in a great workout with a few modifications.
Don’t believe us? Check out this inspiring man who ran the length of a marathon from his balcony during France’s coronavirus lockdown. Now that’s what we call mental fortitude and creativity.
Here are some forms of exercise you can try to boost your mood.
KAYAKING OR CANOEING
If you’re able to get outdoors, it’s definitely recommended. Being outdoors and participating in low-impact cardiovascular activities, like kayaking or canoeing, can provide benefits for the brain and body. You’ll also tend to exercise longer outdoors than indoors, which is a good thing.
Just remember to exercise alone while quarantining laws are in affect and always maintain social distancing if you see others out and about.
Lifting weights or circuit exercises with kettlebells help you maintain and build muscle (duh!), but can also elevate your heart rate and improve circulation, improving those feelings of well-being.
If you don’t have any workout equipment at home, bodyweight exercises or plyometric exercises are a great option as they force you to control your body, use deep muscles and raise your heart rate more than most weighted exercises because of the high number of repetitions.
This meditative form of exercise can help to relieve stress and center your mind. Yoga is, in fact, more about the flexibility of the mind than muscles. Yoga can work as therapy for both body and mind, while boosting recovery from overall stress and improving your holistic well-being.
3 TIPS TO REAP THE MENTAL BENEFITS OF EXERCISE
As research suggests, exercise brings not only physical but also various mental benefits. The question is: Are you making the most of it?
Here are some tips and things to keep in mind when your main goal is to reap the mental benefits of exercise.
MIX IT UP
If you’re stuck indoors right now, it’s important to mix things up to get your exercising mentally stimulating and to avoid burnout.
While activities like indoor cycling are great to maintain physical fitness, it can be tough mentally day after day.
Instead, create a routine that mixes up your activities daily and work on your weaknesses. Maybe you’ve been meaning to build more strength but running has always taken priority over supportive exercises or perhaps this is the ideal time to work on your mobility?
DO IT QUICK AND DIRTY
According to this study running for just 15 minutes per day can provide you with many of the mental health benefits needed to boost your mood, improve your health and reduce your chances of depression and many other mental health conditions.
If you find it hard to get motivated to exercise for long periods, try multiple short workouts instead:
- A 10-minute walk around the neighborhood.
- A push-up session in the afternoon.
- A quick morning yoga workout.
Walking, running, and cycling with others is a great way to socialize and make you feel happier overall. While this can be a challenge during Covid-19, don’t let it keep you from getting together with others during your workouts.
Zoom, Face Time, or even just a quick call before, during, or after a workout can be motivating and make you feel less isolated. If you have a dedicated workout partner, schedule at least one weekly virtual workout with them and do it at the same time while online.
Those good feelings you get from exercise will be multiplied when you share your workouts with others.