Everyone knows that exercising is key to getting out of a funk and saying goodbye to anxiety and constant fatigue.
But what most mom’s don’t know is that it’s all about the RIGHT kind of exercise.
That’s right, bootcamps, crossfit and hot, intense yoga may not be the right kind of exercise for you.
This is especially true if your starting point is trying to get yourself out of a funk and you’re already stressed out!
So here’s what you do:
First, you gotta start by shifting from what you think you “should” be doing for exercise.
You don’t have to do Crossfit or Instagram worthy yoga poses to have it count.
You have to discover how YOU like to move your body AND how you want your exercise to make you feel.
If you focus only on how exercise makes your body look on the outside, you are missing the main point of exercise, and you can’t fully enjoy it with that kind of mindset.
And if you don’t enjoy it, guess what?
You just don’t stick with it.
Exercising is supposed to boost endorphins (the feel-good hormones), not stress you out more, which is why it is important to find what works for your unique body.
When you feel good, you naturally look good.
So MOVE THAT HOT BODY OF YOURS! You may not feel so hot at this moment, but you are!
Just like with nutrition, there is no “one size fits all” exercise that works for everyone, but everyone needs exercise.
For example, I love to run! However, because I have naturally high cortisol levels (common among women who tend to deal with anxiety), too much cardio can cause stress in my body which causes my adrenal glands to overwork, causing me to feel tired and even GAIN weight!
Yep, the wrong kind of exercise can have a contrarian effect.
More restorative exercises work best for my body, and if I really want to run, doing the restorative movement in-between runs is crucial.
For you it may be different. Maybe you do best with a stimulating morning brisk walk, or an evening stroll if you haven’t moved in a while, or a more a gentle yoga class.
What’s most important is to find a way to move that works for you, not necessarily what works for your friend or the yogi you follow on Instagram doing the handstands.
Go for a walk, take a hike, practice some yoga, turn up some music and dance in your living room, or go to the gym if that’s your thing!
Do what works for you, but just get moving in a way that feels good for your body (not stressful).
The goal is to get a little sweaty and to start feeling good again.
You may not be able to do a handstand, but you can feel energized and great in your body when you do the exercise that is right for you.
Here’s to getting out a funk and feeling good again!