Healthy Living – Exercise, Movement & Metabolism
Following on from our Healthy Living plan for 2017, one of the most important aspects is making sure we take time out to exercise. Most people know that exercising helps our bodies to remain fit, but did you know it is really important for your mental health as well?
Exercising your body allows your brain to release chemicals that make you feel good. The same chemicals that are created in anti-depressants. And you don’t have to put yourself through gruelling work-outs each day in order to achieve this. Studies show that moderate exercise, up to five times a week, for just 30 minutes will do the trick.
Moderate exercise – this can be walking your dog at a good steady pace, with some hill work involved. Or any kind of sport, such as badminton, tennis, swimming or an exercise class. Of dancing, any type of dancing. It could be walking instead of driving or catching a bus.
Be consistent, keep to a regular routine, making sure you give yourself time to achieve your 30 minutes of exercise. Make it a priority, don’t skip it. You will feel better for it. Just the fact you are moving around, and keeping up a good steady blood flow around your body, will really help your metabolism.
Metabolism describes all of the chemical processes that are contained in your body to keep you functioning normally. Whilst it is claimed that some foods and drinks can boost your metabolism such as green tea, spices and certain energy drinks, there is no guaranteed proof of this. Generally, the more active you are, the more calories you burn.
So for 2017 make sure you exercise regularly, doing a form of exercise that you enjoy. Keep moving, keep active and be happy!
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.