Exercise can reduce stress and relieve muscle tension and pain. It can improve range of motion and flexibility. It can restore muscle strength. It increases serotonin in the brain which makes us feel calmer.
So why don't we exercise? It's like a catch 22 situation where exercise can make us feel better on so many levels but we actually have to feel good, or at least okay, to want to get up off the lounge and exercise.
I have been exercising again, after a break, and I feel so much better. It's not just that it gives structure to my week but I actually feel better: less pain and stronger arm muscles. Before it killed me to carry the groceries in from the car and now I can manage.
It wasn't easy to get started, I really had to force myself. I made it like an appointment I had to keep and just stuck to it and now I really look forward to it and thoroughly enjoy it…nothing too vigorous just gentle exercise.
Do you manage to fit exercise into your life? Do you have any handy hints for getting moving?