It might seem backwards to think expending energy through physical activity actually gives your body more energy, but the research backs it up.
A recent study found that people who regularly engage in physical activity (adults need 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity each week), on average, reported higher levels of energy than those who don’t. Even happier news? Getting your heart pumping and blood flowing promotes the release of feel-good chemicals (like endorphins) within the brain, boosting your energy and allowing you to feel upbeat. An added bonus: physical activity also helps reduce the amount of cortisol (stress hormone) circulating in the body.
So if you’re looking “beat the burnout”, then get active and make physical activity a key part of your routine. Snowball fight, anyone? Making physical activity a can be easier and more fun than you think. Even if getting pelted with balls of snow isn’t your thing, there are a ton of other fun ways to make sure you are getting active...
Take Care of Your Body
You don’t need fancy athletic equipment or an online yoga class to get active. Throw a dance party while at home or build a snow fort in the yard with the family. Every single active minute counts and will help you get the added kick of energy to push forward in your day.
...And Your Mind
While most Canadians are aware of what physical activity can do for their body, the impact it can have on our mental health is sometimes forgotten. As previously mentioned, when you get moving, your brain releases feel-good chemicals (such as dopamine and serotonin), leaving you feeling positive and revitalized. Try some activities such as Tai chi, yoga or Pilates as perfect ways to get moving, breathing and stretching.
Reconnect with Nature
Sure, you’re going to need the proper attire, but come on, we are a winter-loving nation after all, aren’t we? Embrace your inner Canuck by hiking, going for bike ride (snow tires on, of course) or even slap on the skis and go cross-country skiing. Whatever activity you choose, it will help you keep those energy levels optimized.
This winter, it’s perhaps more important than ever to do what we can to not only be active, but to embrace the outdoors and engage with nature. Aside from helping us keep moving during a somewhat stressful time of year, it will also help keep energy levels primed and stress down, helping both your physical and mental health.