When you’re busy, it’s easy to sacrifice exercise – but you’ll also be missing out on chemicals that can make you feel calmer, happier and more like yourself.
Endorphins released during exercise are the body’s feel-good chemical and can take the edge off stress and anxiety and brighten your mood. Aerobic exercise is any activity that gets your heart rate up, raises your body temperature and pushes you to breathe a little harder (yes, taking the stairs counts).
Exercise shouldn't feel like punishment.
Start with something you enjoy and can commit to regularly – a brisk walk or gentle bike ride. You could even work up a sweat with chores like gardening, painting or some good old-fashioned cleaning.