Listen to your body when you are working out. In these ‘conversations’ with our muscles, we figure out when we should change a move or take some time off (second-day soreness, anyone? ), and can avoid overdoing it and hurting ourselves. We can also hear our bodies when it’s time to pause pushing, or when we need to add a bit more movement to our routine.
Trainers believe there are some signs to watch for when you feel your body itching for exercise – because, after all, it is healthy to exercise regularly. A Puma-sponsored athlete and NCSF-certified trainer in Los Angeles, Ridge Davis, says it has many physical and mental benefits. Having strong, healthy joints and muscle tissues contribute to living a higher quality of life, as well as making you happier and more relaxed. So if you aren’t moving enough (or at least as much as your body wants you to), you’re missing out on all these benefits.
Here are three of the most irrefutable signs your heart is ready to go. You will thank your body (and brain) for it.
1. You don’t feel like you have any energy
Get sweaty instead of drinking coffee when it’s just not cutting it. What is the reason? Endorphins are released in the brain whenever you work out, causing you to be more awake than a caffeine boost. The feel-good hormone endorphins is released as a result of exercise, making it a key part of an energizing workout” says Jonathan Leary, DC, chiropractor and exercise science expert, and the founder of Remedy Place.
You can stay awake with them, and they can also boost your sense of well-being. If you’re struggling with brain fog, try dancing it out (which helps combat it, as an added benefit). Or practice yoga poses like sun salutations, backbends, and twists for an energy boost.
2. You find it difficult to focus
Sitting at your desk staring at the same email for hours is a sure sign that you need to get up and moving—if only to clear your brain fog. Running, walking, and biking are aerobic exercises that activate the dopamine receptors in your brain, and dopamine plays a large role in cognitive function and learning. Besides improving your circulation, spiking your heart rate can help boost your brain’s oxygen and blood flow. Is there any good news? For your blood to flow again, you only need two minutes of cardio.
3. There’s a lot of stiffness in your muscles
In an interview with Well+Good, Katie Sun Worrall, DPT, a physical therapist at Zion Physical Therapy, said that stiffness often occurs when we don’t exercise enough. If you are suffering from WFH-induced aches and pains, working out (followed by a stretch, of course) will do the trick. That’s because a vigorous workout is extremely healthy for you in the long run.
Need a little inspiration to get moving? Check out the video below.
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