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Jan082013

Tip #2: MOVE YOUR BODY AND MIND!

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It is impressive how much of the media is talking about keeping fit or having new health resolutions for 2013.  The trend started in mid-December and is still rolling.  Personally, I feel glad that this is the focus because it is indeed a very healthy one!

Contributing to this trend and as a hard believer that exercising highly contributes to minimize symptoms of depression and anxiety, I would like to bring some tips to help you to keep fit or start new exercising habits: 

1. Wake up early and enjoy the day! If you are not a morning person, try to wake up 30 minutes earlier every three days until having your body adapted to a schedule that will help you. Waking up early and sleeping 8 hours/night helps to have more energy during your day and you will have a day long enough for all your shores.

2. Pick a time to exercise that best fits your personality and what would be your typical day. Try to stick to your exercise schedule and do your best to not skip more than one day planned in your schedule. 

3. Practice the kind(s) of exercises or physical activity that best fits your personality and needs. Do not pick activities in which you feel bored.

4. Help your body to keep good endorphins level and enjoy the pleasure! Exercise at least 3 times a week for 40 minutes.

5. If you are generally peer or group motivated, participate in group fitnees classes or activities such as jogging, hiking, and biking clubs. 

6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Always have a glass or bottle of water close to you. 

7. Plan health meals and avoid drinking alcohol more than 2 times a week. At these times, drink in moderation.

8. Quit smoking and take a look in this article:  http://www.everydayhealth.com/stop-smoking/quit-smoking-lower-your-anxiety-4104.aspx. Quitting smoking also helps you to keep a good performance during a physical activity.

9. Give yourself a hug every time you finish exercising and feel the energy and the pleasure that flow in your body! Feel how your mind is alert and in peace!

To finish, remember that exercising or engaging in any kind of physical activity contributes to boost your self-esteem and confidence! Tools you will carry anywhere, anytime! 

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