When we talk about nutrition, we usually focus on foods. But, exercise is an important half of the wellness equation, and we all need to exercise more. Studies show, again and again, that being active improves all body systems, especially cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal functions, and helps to manage weight. But there are less obvious benefits, too! Exercise also boosts energy, enhances concentration, aids sleep, improves mood, and staves off the winter blues. And now that it’s getting cooler out, it’s even more important for us to stay active.
So you eat your fruits and veggies, you focus on lean proteins, but can’t bring yourself to hit the gym? Find an activity you love! There are so many activities available that everyone can have fun. I recently completed a color run 5k; I was doused in color across the course and crossed the finish line tie-dyed and grinning from ear to ear. It was so much fun – strangers were spraying each other, people were laughing – that it didn’t feel like exercise at all. So whether you like to walk, run, cycle, dance, snowshoe, play kickball or dodge ball, find your fun. You eat well, now move well!