Our bodies are designed to be active and physical, keeping us fit and healthy so that we can enjoy our lives. A body that isn't used to its full potential risks illness, disease and pain, and a programme of self-care will always include a key element of physical exercise and activity.
A major benefit of getting active is that exercise releases endorphins that boost your mood and help you to stay positive, so it's not just your body that feels better! It's also a great way to spend time in nature, which has many health benefits, including lowering your blood pressure and filling your lungs with fresh air.
Get Yourself Moving Today
Here are some of my favourite ways to shake it up and get active; I hope some of them will inspire you to push yourself into a new habit of regular, beneficial exercise that will leave you feeling stronger and healthier in body and in mind.
1. Take a walk. The great thing about walking is that anyone can do it. You don't need specialist equipment and you can start where you are. There is no need for preparation, and it's a great form of exercise that you can start today.
2. Discover yoga. Yoga has taken the world by storm in recent years, and this is due to the incredible positive benefits it offers. Join a local class or simply grab yourself a beautiful yoga mat from Blisscloud and explore a routine online from the comfort of your own front room. Great for flexibility, toning and calming the mind, you'll find it easy to start and hard to stop!
3. Cycling. Cycling is a great family activity and there are many cycling clubs around if you need a little extra motivation. If you don't have a bike, you may be able to get one secondhand to reduce your initial outlay, and you'll find that cycling is a good way to explore the countryside, so you'll benefit from spending time in nature, too. Being outdoors in the countryside is proven to lower your heart rate and boost your mental health, so this is a definite plus when you're seeking the perfect way to get fit.
4. Run. Running is one of the most popular ways to keep fit, and this may be due to the simplicity of it. A good pair of trainers is the only essential- some people recommend barefoot running shoes as a great option for your feet - and you can challenge yourself to find interesting and beautiful routes close to your home or workplace.
5. Try a new sport. If you're not inspired by any of the above, maybe you would prefer a challenge of a different kind. Climbing, surfing, skating or sailing are all exciting sports that develop strength and fitness, as well as giving you the opportunity to make new friends and face new challenges.
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Morgan found yoga 15 years ago as a way to recover from anorexia. It has carried her through her PhD, raising twin girls and in a move towards her passion she chose to pursue full time yoga teaching in 2012. Since then she has led several yoga retreats, co-owned a yoga studio (Yoga-on-Tay) and helped to develop a 'yoga for amputees' program along with Finding Your Feet (FYF) Charity. When she is not yoga-ing, or parenting Morgan competes for Scotland in ultra distance running and cross country. Morgan believes that yoga is for everyone.