Life is hard enough to navigate without a global pandemic but when our lives get turned upside down our overall mood and activity levels can go with it. This can mean pausing goals, starting and stopping new hobbies or even a break from it all. But if you put exercise on hold you may be feeling a bit foggy, unmotivated or isolated even as things around you move forward.
It may be because while everything was changing, you forgot how important your physical and mental health was for your overall mood and motivation.
Studies show that exercise is more important than money when it comes to happiness so don’t be surprised if in its absence there is an undertone of unhappiness. Your exercising may be in a health club like Vermont Sport & Fitness or it may be rec sports, running, biking, hiking, and so on. No matter what it is it’s important to remember that the reason you chose those activities was that they had great benefits to you.
Sure, comfort food and leisurely activity would seem like the right way to relax, or get centered. But time and time again we find that when we feel our best is when we are being physical and exercising on a regular basis. Here is a great quote from a Fortune article titled, COVID-19 has changed how people exercise, but that doesn’t mean gyms are going away:
Exercise is more important now than ever, says Jennifer Heisz, a McMaster University kinesiologist who studies exercise and the brain. For people who regularly exercise, even two weeks of sedentary time “is enough to cause a dip in mood,” she says. And exercise is a key component of stress relief, crucial to the millions of people who had their lives upended by the pandemic. Finally, she says, exercise helps people stay alert and focused, which might make those long Zoom meetings a little easier to handle.
So sure, take the time you need to regroup, get centered, and relax. This is all very important for getting your sense of balance back in your life. But when you want to start feeling great again, being on top of your game, and getting back to your best self, you’re going to need exercise. We are here to help in a safe way. And remember, you don’t need to feel bad about not exercising right now. However, once you start back on your physical self you will feel better than you have in a while and you won’t regret it.
“Enduring means accepting. Accepting things as they are and not as you would wish them to be, and then looking ahead, not behind.”
—Rafael Nadal, 19-time Grand Slam winner