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In today’s fast-paced world, finding time for regular exercise can seem daunting. However, finding time to integrate any form of movement into your daily routine can lead to significant improvements in both physical and mental health.

Engaging in just 15 minutes of movement each day is far more beneficial than remaining inactive. Walking twice a week is a significant improvement over sitting on the couch every day. Even working out once a week is better than not exercising at all. It’s crucial to prioritize our time and put our health first. With discipline and consistency, these small efforts will accumulate into substantial health gains.

Everyone is aware of the benefits of regular movement and physical activity, yet most people I speak with, including many of my clients, still do not prioritize it in their lives. Today, I want to highlight the significant advantages of simply incorporating movement into your daily routine.

1. Cardiovascular health: Engaging in low to moderate intensity activities such as walking, swimming, cycling and dancing can improve cardiovascular health. Regular movement helps lower blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol levels and improve blood flow, thereby lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

2. Weight management: Regular movement each day helps burn calories and boosts metabolism, aiding in weight management. Even small increments of activity, even just 10 minutes a day, can help prevent weight gain and contribute to weight loss when paired with a well balance diet.

3. Muscle strength & Bone health: Weight bearing activities such as resistance training, walking and running can help strengthen bones and muscles. This is particularly important as we age, helping prevent and/or slow the onset of osteoporosis and sarcopenia.

4. Enhanced flexibility & balance: Activities such as yoga, pilates or simply just stretching can improve flexibility and balance, reducing the risk of falls and injuries. These practices also help reduce muscle and joint stiffness.

5. Mental benefits: Exercise triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood lifters. This can reduce stress and anxiety levels, creating a sense of wellbeing and relaxation. Regular movement can also help with improved sleep, enhanced cognitive function and increased energy levels.

Adding regular movement to your daily routine can lead to profound improvements in both physical and mental health. By making small, manageable changes, you can experience the transformative power of regular physical activity. Start today and enjoy the benefits of a healthier, happier you. Look out for our next blog ‘Making it Work: Tips for incorporating movement’.