Exercise has been proven to have benefits that go beyond the physical. Exercise has been proven to elevate mood, enhance feelings of self-efficacy, increase self-esteem, increase memory, improve your thinking-abilities, and it is a great way to burn off stress and negativity.
Sometimes when you feel drained, getting up and getting started may be the last thing you want to do. However exercise and movement in general, plays an integral role in our health on every level: physical, mental and emotional.
What we eat effects our physical body, and also plays a role in our mood. There are many links between food & mood, and often we may turn to food when in a bad mood. There are certain foods that help release certain neurotransmitters- brain chemicals, which make us feel calmer. So if you find yourself turning to refined carbs during stressful times, you may be unconsciously trying to deal with a bad mood by eating foods that will generate a more feel-good effect.
Your body is meant to move. If you already have a daily movement practice, congratulate yourself.
If you feel like you can be enhancing how you implement your daily movement and/or exercise practice, take a moment to take an inventory on how much exercise and what kinds of movements you do on a weekly basis.