Being active is a key part of looking after your well-being (although I hope that isn’t news to anyone).
Not only does exercise improve your physical health, it also makes you happy, improves your memory and cognitive performance, reduces stress, gives you energy, helps you relax, boosts your libido and increases your creativity.*
In the last year my life has been so full to the brim — initially with writing a thesis, then later with work, socialising, moving house, etc. — that I’ve left little time for exercise in my busy schedule. As a result, I’m probably the least fit that I’ve ever been, and I’m very aware I need to change that.
(I’m also the fattest I’ve ever been, which, by any reasonable definition of the word, is still not fat at all. I only mention this because it’s something people seem to relate to. Whenever I comment on my desire to exercise more, people respond with “But you’re already skinny enough!” And I’ll sigh, because yet another person has equated my statement that “I need the exercise [because my cardiovascular fitness is appalling and my muscle strength is pathetic]” with “I think I’m fat and want to lose weight.” I can understand the confusion. We’re constantly bombarded with messages about body image and weight loss, and even weight loss for the sake of cardiovascular health, but the under-appreciated truth is that cardiovascular exercise is also good for your mental and physical health in its own right.)
But I digress. I’ve finally gotten around to doing something about my lack of exercise: I joined a gym. Now I just have to schedule gym attendance into my calendar and make sure I actually go — that’s the difficult part!