Stress, hard work, and lots of thinking create tension in the body, which can lead to chronic aches, tightness, and constipation. Many people try to alleviate these symptoms with alcohol,sugar and high fat foods which only serve to dampen their unease and anesthetize the body. Exercise is an ideal way of releasing a build up of physical tension. Developing a regular exercise program to suit your particular body type and lifestyle will have numerous rewards. The challenge is to find the types of exercise you enjoy most, and then build them into your life. You don't have to go to the gym and lift weights to incorporate movement and activity into your life.
Try something you liked as a child to start. Did you like to roller skate, ride your bike, jump rope, hula hoop or go on hiking trails? Trying out old activities again can get you on the right path to starting and sticking with an exercise regimen. Then as you begin to make those past activities a habit, find new activities like swimming, hot yoga or boxing as a way to alleviate stress, clear your mind and get your happy endorphins activated. Incorporating movement can also help to alleviate cravings for the foods that tend to sabotage your mood and hijack your wellness goals long term. So next time you find yourself going to the refrigerator to grab that Haagen Dazs ice-cream, stop, take a deep breath for 20 seconds and get moving instead!