But sometimes a dragged down feeling can last too long and might even start to lead into a depressive state. The only way I’ve ever been able move out of that mental state, or out of any emotion that is out of control, is through moving my body. Yes, exercise. And according to this video on Kanopy, The Power of Exercise not only improves your mood, it actually makes you smarter and reduces the risk of dementia by 50%!
For some people exercise is a bad word. Maybe you’ve never been physically active. You hated gym class and just wanted to go read a book in a hidden corner somewhere. Maybe you loved playing team sports at school but never really continued with individual fitness. Maybe you’ve been injured in the past and are apprehensive about working out again. Maybe your workouts have gotten boring. Or maybe, in the present set of circumstances, you just don’t feel like getting off the couch. (I get it!)
Whatever the reason is, it is okay. It’s okay that you haven’t moved your body in a while. But you are still here, you are reading this blog, and if there is a place inside of you that now has more of an interest in exploring movement, why not Own the Day today? It is Spring, the days are longer, you are practicing social distancing, why not move from thinking about exercising to actually moving your body? Canada’s Physical Activity Guide can provide you with ideas and goals. Near the end you will also find a Physical Readiness Questionnaire so you can find out if you need to talk to your doctor before you begin. You can start with Seven Minutes a day, even Small Changes can make a big difference.
No matter what your age or your fitness level, Winnipeg Public library has resources available to support you. Learn from an online course, read an eBook, or peruse one of our many fitness magazines. Another idea is to try out the ParticipACTION app. Do whatever you need to do to get yourself started. Exercise is a great way to start your day in a good mood, fight the COVID-19 blahs, and become healthier in mind, body and spirit.
Here is a list of interesting how-to courses on Kanopy. (Pssst. Did you know that The Great Courses on Kanopy aren’t included on your library monthly credits – you can watch as many as you like. If you don’t have a library card, you can sign up for a temporary one.)
- How to stay fit as you age
- Changing body composition through diet and exercise
- The essentials of strength training
- Yoga for a healthy mind and body
And here are a few great eBooks to get you started on exercising at home or outside:
Finally, here is a Youtube video about walking, such an underappreciated activity, but one that your body loves to do. And it can be done inside by walking in place, walking around the house, up and down stairs, or you can walk outside, in any weather. (As many of our Community Service Ambassadors know very well!)
Whatever option(s) you choose to explore, I hope you will be inspired to get (or keep) moving and lose the blahs.
PS. If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental health challenge, visit our Mental Health Information Guide for resources you may find helpful.