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5 Benefits of Exercise

Here is our list to help motivate you to get moving and start exercising;

  • When you get moving, your body creates hormones called endorphins that are responsible for making you feel happy.
  • When you are physically active, your body also releases dopamine and adrenaline that makes your brain kick into a higher gear. This makes you feel more alert, focused and enables you to absorb information easier.
  • Exercise trains the nerve cells in the area of our brain, the frontal lobe, where memory is stored.  This is useful now and in the future as the positive effects accumulate.
  • If you exercise outdoors, the greenery has a calming and peaceful effect on your brains, which automatically allows you to let go of stress. At the same time, all our senses are stimulated, allowing you to feel the wind, see the trees and hear the birds.
  • The more active you are, the better your sleep will be. A good night’s sleep will help you feel more refreshed and alive.
  • Exercise is good for you whatever your age. However latest research suggests the best way to keep your mind ‘sharp’ is moderate exercise 3 times a week. It doesn’t have to be too energetic, as walking and Tai Chi are both recommended.

    So, if you need more incentive to get your trainers you can read more by clicking here

    Take a Break

    If you don’t feel you’ve got time or you are easily distracted, this is essential reading……

    Example; You turn your PC on to send an email.  You see all the other emails coming into your inbox and immediately start answering them.  Thirty minutes later, (if you are lucky) you realise you haven’t sent the original email you intended to send.

    You think you have been creative and productive doing this, yet your brain has been operating in flight or fight mode. The amygdala, which is part of the brain responsible for the primitive fight or flight system is switched on, and although you think you are rushing to achieve your goals, you are, according to our brain, running away from something.

    By sending the one email and not allowing the amygdala, the emotional part of the brain to operate, you are breaking that cycle and giving your emotions a rest.   These little breaks allow you the opportunity to make choices instead of reacting on autopilot to whatever kidnapped your attention.

     

     

    Royal Seal of Approval

    Prince Harry endorses therapy. After enduring two years of “total chaos” while still struggling in his late twenties to come to terms with the death of his mother, Harry sought counselling following advice from his brother William.
    Increasingly, research studies are showing that parental loss during childhood or adolescence can and often does lead to depression during childhood and into adulthood. There is no question that it is traumatising for any child or adolescent to sustain such a loss and the repercussions of such a loss impact on development and lead to depression.

    Read more of Harry’s experiences here.

    Read of other people’s experiences of losing a parent at a young age here.

    Good Enough?

     

    So, how much do you like yourself? 80%? 60% or maybe 40%? Let’s not focus on anything less, other than there is a little voice in your head telling you you’re not good enough, and that little voice has pretty high standards. Unrealistic high standards in fact!
    Where and when does this voice arise? On one level, it’s from within, yet the external messages we listen to from a young age are powerful and influential in developing the inner voice. Whether it’s comments from parents, teachers, peers, colleagues, the media or the internet, we hear that ‘good’ is only achieved by a set date, event, circumstances, and so on, and, if we judge that we haven’t managed to achieve this, then we have failed, and we are not good enough!
    We don’t focus on what we have achieved, just what we haven’t achieved. Why is it so difficult to simply dwell on the beauty that is already inside, rather than on what isn’t?

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