Exercise has many benefits and can make a big difference when the festive season is over, and you’re feeling tired or low.
There’s so much to love about the holidays. Most of us have some time off work and catch up with loved ones. But with all the delicious food and drink on offer, many of our good intentions go out the window.
Exercise is also often overlooked at this time of year. And we all deserve a break now and then.
But getting back into your routine of healthy eating and exercise can be a challenge, so it is now that we need to remind ourselves of the benefits we reap when all those post-exercise endorphins are released.
Enhanced self-esteem – Your body releases chemicals called endorphins when you exercise. Endorphins cause the feeling that follows a run or workout that can be described as “euphoric”. This feeling is usually accompanied by a positive and energising outlook on life. You feel good instantly and have a more positive self-image.
Decreased stress and anxiety – Feelings of happiness are created when endorphins are released. Help your body and your sense of wellbeing if you are feeling stressed about returning to work, with a brisk walk, a group fitness class or yoga session.
Improved sleep – Great sleep is necessary for optimal health. The chances are that you’ve had a few late nights during the holiday season and this will be contributing to the post-holiday blues. Being active helps our bodies to operate on a cycle of work, rest, recover and can lead to improved sleep.