The cat’s out of the bag! Day 9 we reveal the best kept secret to getting happy. Day 9 of 30 Days of Happiness.

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The best kept secret to getting happy?

E-X-E-R-C-I-S-E

Picture of sun beams on leaf

I rarely go for a walk without my camera. This way I combine my passion with my favourite exercise.

Yes sireee bob! Moving your body releases fabulous chemicals in your brain that lift your mood. The more you exercise the better you feel, inside and out.

I feel I must warn you though that: regular exercise may increase your energy levels, boost your mood and you may find yourself smiling more throughout your day. You can also expect improved sleeping patterns and – best of all – your self-esteem will surely grow. In fact, exercise will make you feel GREAT!

What kind of exercise should you be doing? All depends on you. We’re all different, we’re all at different places in our lives and we’re all at different levels of physical fitness. Only you can judge what works for you*. Might I suggest though, that you find something that is fun and will keep you coming back for more?

walking, dancing (line, belly, hip-hop, ballroom…), yoga, zumba, Tai Chi, Qi Gong…

Finding a form of exercise that you enjoy is like ‘loving your work and never having to work a day in your life’. You’re exercising regularly but you’re actually doing something you love so it’s not exercising. Following me?

How about trying: walking, dancing (line, belly, hip-hop, ballroom…), yoga, zumba, Tai Chi, Qi Gong? Or during the winter months: snowshoeing, skiing, skating, sliding?

Did you know that exercising outdoors – even a 10-minute walk – can lift your soul, especially during the cold winter months? There is something magical that takes place while walking in nature. It’s as if you can see and hear clearer. I find nature walking is grounding, clears my head and helps me be “in the moment.” Did you know it’s also easier to communicate with God and your spirit team while in nature? Something to think about and perhaps give a try!

*Please keep in mind I’m not a doctor, so before you start any exercise program, check-in with your doctor and use common sense – if you don’t regularly exercise then don’t expect to run a marathon on your first day. Take baby steps and work your way up to your goal.

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