So, I just needed to include this one! Exercise has for me been, quite possibly, a life saver. As recently as Christmas day when the morning started badly in a house with a teenage son, after a quick 5k (which makes me laugh given my years as a 'non-runner') life was able to return to normality with no deaths. Any time when my stress levels are rising or I need a quick mood boost, my go-to solution is a visit to the gym, a run, an aerobic class... anything that involves music, an increase in heart rate and also brings me back to the present (see the previous post) with immediate effect.
I don't need to quote any statistics about the health giving effects of exercise. We all know it combats disease and helps with weight loss and maintenance. Unless you have ever been an exercise convert, the power on mood and energy levels might be an unexpected surprise. The problems many of us have is by setting goals which are too onerous, we are off the bandwagon before we even properly start. Start off small and then get more ambitious. And know that it's going to be an effort at first but that effort will quickly become a habit which you will make time for in your life. If you are a non-runner (like me!) check out the NHS choices website and look at their fantastic Couch to 5k programme. I have friend who is a non-running, non-excercising type. She has recently taken to walking her dog around a local field before work every morning and she is so energised and sounds like superwoman when I talk to her afterwards. She is even saying things like, 'I only walked round... I am not running.. yet!'. Small steps can lead to huge changes when done consistently. How are you going to make sure that 2015 is the year that you boost your mood, increase your energy levels and get fitter? What commitment can you make today? Get in touch if you want to start, don't know how and would like some coaching to help you find - and maintain - your motivation.