Working out and engaging in physical activities is an essential self-care practice. Physical activity is self-care because it requires you to invest time, energy and sometimes money in yourself.
Exercising may not seem like a form of self-care because let’s face it, the thought of running a lap and getting sweaty is not that appealing. Outside of the obvious reasons why we avoid working out, (too tired, no energy, don’t like it, etc.), sometimes we don’t exercise because we see it as a luxury instead of a priority, or we’ve had unhealthy experiences with exercising.
In this blog we’ll give you 5 different self-care exercises that you can easily incorporate in your life. Regardless of your past experiences with working out, how much time or money you have for exercise, or how active you are, we have a self-care exercise for everyone.
Adding one of these self-care exercises into your life will improve your physical health, relationship with yourself, your work life and your future. Read on for 5 easy,self-care exercises and 5 workout tools that will help you on your self-care journey.
Self-Care Exercise #1: Walk 1 mile a day
If you wouldn’t consider yourself active and set time aside to workout once every couple of months, then this is the self-care exercise for you. A one mile walk can be finished within 20-30 minutes, and it’s something you can accomplish on your lunch break, after work, before work, or at home with the kids.
Taking the time to walk helps clear your mind, makes you present, improves your mood and can help you maintain a healthy weight. Research also shows that people who walk 1 mile a day cut their cancer rates down by 40%.
You don’t need to run, jog or speed walk for this self-care exercise. Simply put on your shoes, head out the door and place one foot in front of the other. Block out all distractions with our AR Rose Gold Earbuds and walk to some of your favorite beats.
Self-Care Exercise #2: Sign Up for a Class You’ve Always Wanted to Try
This self-care exercise is both a mental and physical exercise. If you’re interested in trying a specific exercise class but don’t think it’s worth the money, then you need to correct your mindset. You are worth the money, and if any type of activity is beneficial to your mental and physical health, it’s worth investing in.
There are tons of affordable and great exercise class deals on Groupon, and many boutiques offer special, discount prices for new students. With these deals, you can shop around and try new classes until you find one that fits you.
Different workout classes require different workout accessories and tools, but the one workout tool that helps at every type of class is a quality water bottle. Invest in a BPA-free plastic water bottle, like our MB Positive Bottle, to stay properly hydrated in your classes.
Self-Care Exercise #3: Practice a 5 Minute Yoga Routine
Time is of essence, and some of us legitimately don’t have an hour to spend exercising, or even 20 minutes. In spite of your time limitations, setting time aside for your physical health should be priority.
Challenge yourself and dedicate 5 minutes to improving your health with one of these 5 minute yoga routines. These routines are made for both yoga novices and yoga experts, and will improve your flexibility, help your posture and clear your mind.
Not into yoga? Then do an exercise like jumping jacks, burpees or squats for 5 minutes, or any one of these 5 minute self-care exercises:
Use a workout mat like our Moon Phase Yoga Mat to protect your joints and practice your 5 minute exercise any place, anytime.
Self-Care Exercise #4: Take a hike
Literally. But in all seriousness, this self-care exercise is free, fun, an activity that gets you outside and an exercise you can do with others. This self-care exercise benefits everyone, no matter where you stand on the fitness scale.
Hiking is a little more intense than walking but not as taxing as running, and will get your heart beating and your blood pumping. It’s also a self-care exercise that the whole family can enjoy together.
Turn this self-care exercise into an all day event or adventure. Pack a backpack with snacks, food, water and hit the trail. Pack a compact, water repellent blanket like our Matador Mini, and use it for a fun picnic midway through your hike.
Self-Exercise #5: Train for a fitness challenge
This self-care exercise is for people who dedicate a good amount of time towards exercising. If you live an active life and are good at guarding your workout time, how about you take it one step further and finally sign up for that 10k or fitness obstacle.
Self-care is all about investing in yourself. Sometimes we don’t want to sign up for that half-marathon or Half-Dome trip because it requires extra time spent in training, time off work and financial investment. But if there’s a fitness challenge you would do if time and funds weren’t an issue, take the leap and do it. You are able and deserve some adventure time.
Track the health benefits of your fitness challenge with our waterproof Health Fitness Watch. Monitor your heart rate, steps, calories burned and sleep.
Before we close out, here are some helpful tips to remember while starting your physical self-care journey.
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Below are some tips to remember while starting your physical self-care journey:
- Evaluate where you are and where you want to be.
- Set realistic goals. We all want to be that person in the gym 5 days a week, but if you can only go 3 days that’s totally ok.
- If you want to take a walk around the block and just stick to that, that’s ok there. Do what works for you.
- Write down how you feel after each workout and see how physical activity improves your emotional and physical health.
- Don’t do this for anyone else but yourself and remember that you are worth it.
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