Five Reasons You Should Exercise More

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I’ve always loved exercise, fitness and I are no stranger.  I’ve spent most of the past year working out at home, but with the Littlest turning one this month I’ve been feeling like it’s time to get back into keeping myself fit and healthy with a passion!

After re-joining my pre-baby gym, I spent a few days finding my feet with the equipment.  I then had a program drawn up by one of the trainers.  Having always trained by myself, this was a real eye-opener for me.  My trainer put me through my paces for around an hour, reintroducing me to the world I know and love!

Even though I have continued to exercise, doing it in the gym feels different.  The environment makes me work harder and the latest equipment makes working out much easier than you’d think.  So in light of my reignited passion for working out, here are five reasons why you should get more exercise:

Exercise boosts your energy levels.

When you first start exercising it can seem completely knackering.  Stick with it though, because once you start to become a little fitter your energy levels will increase.  You’ll eventually want to work out even more.   I for one always feel more lethargic if I haven’t been active enough during the day.  Even if it’s just a walk around the block, I guarantee it’ll make you feel alive!

Exercise reduces blood pressure.

This can only be a good thing, right?  In this day and age our lives can be so stressful.  Juggling work, children and everything else in between can see our blood pressure rising.  Taking a little time out to exercise can help to reduce stress and bring blood pressure back down to where it should be.

Exercise can improve your mood.

Depression and anxiety can be difficult to over come.  A lot of the time exercise will be the last thing you feel like doing.  However, if you can find it in yourself to push towards doing even a little, it often helps to lift your mood.  As an anxiety sufferer, I can vouch for the benefits that exercise has had on my mental health.  I find working out gives me the focus I need to distract myself from anxious thoughts and feelings.

Exercise can help you get better sleep.

This ties in well with the improvement of mood through exercise.  Not only are we wearing ourselves out a little more than usual, but our minds and bodies will feel more rested.  No more going to bed with an overactive brain, imagine the benefits you’ll reap from a good nights sleep!

Exercise can be fun!

Not all exercise is hard or boring.  There are so many different things you can do: classes, swimming, walking, running and many more.  You may have to try a few different activities to find what you like most, but wouldn’t it be great if you were exercising and having fun at the same time?

 

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82 Comments

  • justsayingmum May 8, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Oh you’re so right – exercise really does improve your mood – that release of endorphins just boosts you for the day! I’m so glad it helps you with your anxiety – such a good reason to continue! Oh and the sleeping well – yes! #MarvMondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 8, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Thankyou! x

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  • Aleena Brown May 8, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I really need to get back to the gym! I was really on it for ages, and then all of a sudden I was back at work, trying to keep up with the blog, the kids, the house, etc and before I knew it I hadn’t been for 3 months…. I always feel on top form when I’m going regularly, so I must try and find time! #marvmondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 8, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day! Xx

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  • mealsandmakes May 8, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for this post. Ive been thinking that I need to get back into more regular exercise. This post is good for my motivation! #MarvMondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 8, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Haha thankyou! X

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  • and Jacob makes three May 8, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Amen to this! I used to be so much fitter than I am now, but I am trying. I need to be more consistent. You’ve inspired me to work out today #bigpinklink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 8, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Ah fab! X

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  • Cheryl @ Tea or Wine May 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I definitely notice that my mood and perspective are boosted once I get out and go for a run. It’s just the initial struggle with the motivation that I have to deal with! #BigPinkLink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 9, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      Especially when you have littles! X

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  • Amy @ Arty apple May 8, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Exercise absolutely improves your mood. I hate feeling sluggish, it’s the worst feeling x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Me too! X

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  • franbackwithabump May 8, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    You know I’ll agree with this!! I always so much better for working out, long term and short term!! Thanks for sharing some fab monday motivation for #marvmondays x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Haha, absolutely! X

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  • Jade @ Captured By Jade May 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    I find exercise to be great for my energy levels as well as moods. Lots of great reasons! #MarvMondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Me too! X

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  • beautybabyandme May 9, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I am hopeless when it comes to exercise yet all these reasons to do it are exactly what I need in life right now….. you may just have inspired a lazy mama <3 xx #dreamteam

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Ah thankyou xx

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  • oldhouseintheshires May 9, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Yes! Exercise is so important. I love that I feel so much better about myself when I’ve been out walking my dog or to an exercise class. Thank you for the post. #twinklytuesday

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Ah me too! X

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  • mamagrace May 9, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I used to train 9 yoga sessions a week. Now I’m walking as much as I can. Hopefully I can fit more in soon. #TriumphantTales

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Life definitely gets in the way sometimes xx

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  • Coombe Mill May 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I am hooked on exercise, I get quite grumpy if I have more than a day of sitting down working #MarvMondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 12, 2017 at 10:50 am

      I’m the same, it makes me feel so much better x

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  • Suzanne J S (@chickenruby) May 9, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    oh i know i should exercise more, but i live in Dubai and it’s just so hot here for outdoor activities and the gyms cost so much, i did go swimming this morning in the sea, at least we have life guards there now
    #TriumphantTales

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Exercising in the heat is awful! Swimming in the sea sounds so lovely though xx

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  • kerry May 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    oooooh I need to get my ass into gear with exercise, I used to be addicted to the gym then a back problem has floored me and I can walk and that’s about as heavy as my exercise gets now!

    #triumphanttales

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 9, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      It’s difficult when you’re injured though! X

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  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... May 9, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I was doing the 7 minute work out before I had Zach,now I can’t even find time for that! But I do love the schoolrun so that’s 1 hour of walking a day (plus housework, actually forget that, I do!) #triumphanttales

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 12, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Children definitely make it so hard to fit in! x

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  • aliduke79hotmailcom May 9, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Going to the gym definitely improves my mood. It has really helped with my mental health after losing my dad last year.
    #TriumphantTales

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 12, 2017 at 10:49 am

      I’m so sorry to hear that, I’m glad it helps xx

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  • fivelittledoves (@fivelittledove5) May 12, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I know all of these reasons but I stil cant motivate myself to do it! Maybe next week……#bigpinklink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 12, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Sometimes life just gets in the way! Thanks for stopping by xx

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  • mummascribbles May 12, 2017 at 9:46 am

    You are so right. I forget how much exercise is good for the mind but even getting out for a walk can do wonders. The nicer weather makes that easier!! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 12, 2017 at 10:35 am

      I’m always more motivated when the weather is nice! x

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  • Mrs Hergerburger May 13, 2017 at 5:56 am

    The more tired I am, the more I push myself to exercise. Nothing else makes you feel quite so human! Good luck getting your fitness levels back up xx #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:43 am

      So true! X

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  • Tee 💜 May 13, 2017 at 7:14 am

    I should really do more exercise. I have out more weight out after having T than I ever did whilst pregnant. I’m one of those who make excuses! #blogstravaganza

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    • Tee 💜 May 13, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Full of typos eurgh! **I have put more weight on

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:44 am

      It’s not always easy to fit it in though! X

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  • mamagrace May 13, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I feel so good after exercise and love when I’ve got into a routine #Blogstraganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Ah me too! X

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  • msmamabean May 13, 2017 at 9:44 am

    All your reasons are very valid and I’ve read up on them multiple times, but I still can’t find the energy or motivation! What to do? #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Ah, life just gets in the way sometimes! X

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  • Mrs Mummy Harris May 13, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    ive found that going back to work i walk more given the need to go to and from the bus stop. I feel a lot fitter especially now little man has started trying to walk!
    Thank you for linking up to #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:45 am

      It really makes a difference! X

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  • oldhouseintheshires May 13, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Back for #blogstravaganza 🙂

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Thankyou! X

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  • fortheloveofjars May 13, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Having worked in gyms my whole working life I am well aware of the benefits of exercise, however, I just find it so difficult to stick to any workout regime! I’ve started and stopped more times than I care to remember! I work out mostly at home now, although I don’t really do much of that! Must try harder!! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Routine is hard! X

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  • JakiJellz May 13, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Yep. I agree with every single one. If only I could invent a day with 26 hours in it I might have time to get some done! 😁 Thanks for linking up to #TriumphantTales, hope you’ll come back on Tuesday 🙂

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Haha, so true! X

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  • talkingmums1 May 13, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    It’s so true that exercise makes you feel so much better. I’ve recently decided to get of my backside and start exercise. Two weeks in and I’m feeling great, no weight loss just the fact that I feel better. Funny, I’m reading your post after scheduling in a guest post on the same subject, both in complete agreement x
    #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Ah fab! It definitely makes you feel better! X

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  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... May 13, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Back visiting from #blogstravaganza this time 🙂 I had fun on a trampoline today so there is definitely exercise for everyone!

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Thankyou, I love the trampoline! X

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  • tinmccarthy May 13, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I think my problem is I need to switch it up. I mostly run and I have hit a big fat plateau
    #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:42 am

      I was like that at the beginning of this year, I got my trainer to make me a plan and it made a huge difference! X

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  • RawMum May 14, 2017 at 8:09 am

    All really good and I totally agree with all the benefits. But going to the gym makes me sad and down. I get there and have made and effort to get there and then I can only do five minutes and I feel crap. Not worth it. So then I stop going. I need motivation and to be able to see results. Wish there was a way to have supported sessions that didn’t cost the Earth. I’ll just have to keep walking around my block. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Walking is good! X

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  • JakiJellz May 14, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Popping back from #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Thankyou! X

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  • Rhyming with Wine May 14, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I’m just about to start with week 7 of couch to 5k and I have seen such a remarkable difference in my mood and energy levels. I’ve barely lost any weight whatsoever which was my original aim, but I feel so much better in myself. I’d forgotten just how much I need exercise and you have hit the nail on the head with these points! Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Ah thankyou! Good luck with the rest of your training! X

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  • Keepmum May 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    My exercise usually involves carrying a one year old on my back whilst running around after two toddlers. BUT it does always make me happier to be out and wakes me up! Great post. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Haha tell me about it, they’re often all the exercise we need! X

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  • Hannah Jane May 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Five brilliant reasons lovely, I really need to step up my exercise game, thank you for remind me why I need to! Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:38 am

      Thankyou! X

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  • ruth cartwright May 14, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I feel so much better when I do some exercise, I just need to remember this, rather than lying on the sofa. #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:38 am

      Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Aleena Brown May 14, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Just popping back from #Blogstravaganza. I still haven’t been back to the gym. #Fail!!!

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:38 am

      😂😂

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  • softfuzzygunddog May 15, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I’m all about getting a better sleep! My problem is more so along the lines of I keep finding stuff I need to do and I forget to go to bed … Maybe if I started exercising I would just collapse and then I’d finally get some sleep! *dreamy smile at thought of coma-sleep* #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:37 am

      I’m dreaming now too, I do love sleep! X

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  • mummyhereandthere May 15, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I have also found exercise to be really beneficial and help me mentally as well as physically X #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:36 am

      That’s great, it really helps x

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  • Lianne Freeman May 15, 2017 at 8:45 am

    This is fab !! Thank you for motivating me ! I really need to exercise more!! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 15, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Thankyou! X

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  • Muffintopmummyblog May 15, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    I really miss the gym! Right now, I don’t have time to leave the baby, but as soon as she’s older & I’m back at work, I think I’ll have to rejoin a gym. I workout at home too, and you’re right, doing it at the gym definitely makes you work harder #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 17, 2017 at 11:08 am

      It does, but the little ones don’t make it easy! xx

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