Women and Exercise
Turning Thoughts into Action
M ay is Woman’s Health and Wellness month and while spring is often the season that sparks the motivation we need to reengage in physical activity, many women struggle with the thought of exercise. Many report they want to exercise more but lack motivation and energy.
At Cereset Clarkston, a BrainEcho® neuromodulation technology and wellness company, many female clients say if they just had the motivation, they would move more. The truth is, it’s the exact opposite. Motivation and energy will never appear out of nowhere. We have to create it. When we begin to consistently move and be active, the more motivated and energized we become. So how do we change our thinking about exercise into taking action?
Consider the following:
• Exercise is an expression of self-care, not self-punishment. Instead of thinking about exercise as something to dread, think about it as taking care and control of your health.
• Make exercise a priority. We all have 24 hours in a day. So how do people with jobs, families and other commitments have time to exercise? They make it a nonnegotiable priority. Set a calendar reminder if you need to but build it into part of your daily routine.
• Decide if exercise is something you want to pursue alone or do with others. Maybe you want to go solo and enjoy some quiet time or find a committed friend. Initially you might not feel like exercising, but you may look forward to spending time with a friend!
• Set realistic expectations. The thought of walking five miles every day can be overwhelming and easy to give up on. Set yourself up for success by starting slow and adding more time as you master your goals.
• Movement is nature’s medicine for the mind and body. When you exercise, the body kicks up production of dopamine and serotonin, which are natural brain chemicals crucial to a happy mood and increased energy levels.
Another way for women to help with their energy levels is to visit Cereset Clarkston, which helps to relax, rebalance and reset your brain. Their temporal lobes are the part of the brain that is responsible for stress regulation and autonomic function. If you experience stress, the sympathetic nervous system stimulates what is known as the fight or flight response in the body. It utilizes the body's energy for stressful or energy-exerting activities.
A great deal of your natural energy can be wasted on stress and worry. When the brain is out of balance, it moves from a fight or flight stress response into a freeze response. When we’re under an enormous amount of stress, the freeze response slows the brain down and protects it from overwhelming stress or threats. This can leave our energy reserves on empty. Cereset Clarkston works with clients to release the brain from a freeze state, lower their stress and regain their energy levels.
Spring is an exciting time for growth and renewal. Assess how you feel in this moment and determine what improvements you might want to make.
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