It seems anytime you talk about exercise you’re supposed to talk about weight loss. That’s the primary benefit, right? This is actually false. For a survivor of child sexual abuse, exercise has myriad benefits (and weight loss isn’t even one of them).
When you take the time to practice self-care, that includes finding a way to exercise regularly. That can be overwhelming–especially with the glut of information out there about the “best” way to do pretty much anything and everything.
Before we give you 5 Easy Tips to Exercise Every Day, let’s start by listing the health benefits of daily exercise (for even more information on this, read the book Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield):
- Increased happiness
- More energy
- A greater connection to your body (especially important for a survivor)
- Better sleep
- Improved memory
- Increased self-confidence
- Less stress
- Alleviated anxiety
- Greater creativity
- Decreased cognitive decline
With so many benefits, what’s stopping you from exercising every day? It probably has something to do with time, energy, confusion of where to start, or something else along those lines. Here are 5 EASY tips for exercising every day:
Exercise will be an incredible help on your healing journey. Take the time to make it a priority, along with your other self-care practices. Make the goal feeling better, not looking better, and you might find that your relationship with exercise changes in a positive way. It’s worth a try, right?
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