When I get busy, exercise is often the first on my to-do list’s chopping block. It takes time, effort, and energy that I sometimes don’t feel I have. This way of thinking is quick to take me off track because exercise lowers stress and anxiety and raises energy levels. Lower stress levels and higher energy levels help us feel happier, more satisfied, and more in control of our lives. Fitness of any type prevents burnout and fatigue because it is a fundamental point of self-care. Choose an activity you enjoy doing so you’ll stick with it. Go for a walk, take a group fitness class, try a yoga class, lift weights, or go punch some bags… find what you like to do. Your exercise doesn’t have to be the same as someone else’s. Maybe running, crossfit, or the cardio section at the gym just aren’t your thing! This is okay because there are countless fitness options with cardiovascular, skeletal, and muscular benefits.
Exercise can be an excellent way to meet new people. Friendships made in fitness outlets can be incredibly fulfilling because you instantly have a buddy with shared interests, goals, and experiences. Even for exercise that is more of a solo activity, such as running or swimming, communities exist that likely share tips and information that is interesting, funny, or helpful. Their encouragement can become an important motivating force that keeps you on a healthy footing.
With a foundation of nutrition and fitness, couples and families set themselves up for success. Exercise broadens and builds our capacity to achieve other goals. We feel better, act better, and do better in every aspect of our life. These healthy routines also help us create positive habits that keep us on track with the things we value most.
For basic fitness tips and information, visit these Mayo Clinic sites:
Mary Duffy is from Georgia. She has been an educator for over ten years, with classroom teaching in GA, NC, CO, and FL. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in English Education. In 2018, she received her Masters in Education from the University of Kansas. Mary and her husband have two children and have been part of the Special Operations community for ten