When considering all the benefits of exercise, we may want to take environment into account. I know you are probably thinking “It’s not enough to get the movement in, now we have to think about where we are performing it?” Hear me out.
As we know, the benefits of exercise go way beyond the physical. Among other things, moving more improves mood and reduces stress. I am all about getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to exercise. Taking environment into account is another way to do this.
Curious what I mean? See if any of these ideas resonate with you:
-Take that run outdoors: Both running and walking have proven to be superbly effective against anxiety and depression. Why not add in some sunlight and fresh air, which are also proven to lower stress and improve mood?
-Cue up your favorite playlist: You may have guessed that music can be helpful in improving mood. Did you also know it promotes a feeling of youth? Listening to music from earlier times in life helps improve recall and retention. It may also be true that certain songs release a cascade of hormones that were present when the song was first heard.
-Try some lavender and candlelight with your yoga: Next time you roll out your mat try setting the scene. It only takes a few minutes to dim the lights, dab a favorite essential oil into your wrists, and take your practice to the next level. Dim lighting helps bring focus inward and aromatherapy has positive effects on the more primitive limbic brain, responsible for emotions and behaviors.
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