Beat the Monday Blues: Exercise!

I am the last person who should preach about exercising. When I was a university student, I was actively involved in sports and when I came home, back to Malaysia, I didn’t have a routine anymore. It’s always a love hate relationship. I was never consistent. I would force myself to exercise, make it a regular activity, then if I slack off for 2 weeks, I’d be off it indefinitely. However, I’ve been back on the bandwagon lately. Even though my body is screaming for me to stop, and it’s a pain (literally) to recondition the muscles, it is a good feeling.

 

The first thing I notice is how alive my skin looked and felt. There are plenty of articles online to tell you the benefits of exercising, but I am here to tell you that somehow, my skin has never looked better. Of course, I do credit Dior skincare for the positive changes, but lately, there is a certain glow on my face. And no, I am not pregnant. It might be due to the increased metabolic rate and better blood circulation, but it is certainly something skincare can never do on its own.

If you are a busy person, or if you are anything like me: Lots of excuses NOT to exercise and lazy, I suggest doing a short high intensity interval training (you can google HIIT). I can do it at home, saves times and is effective. I push to a certain intensity, suffer for 15 minutes and be done with it. Beats running on a treadmill for an hour and risk having saggy boobs (excuse me) or wonky knees. I have flat feet, so I get shin splints if I ran too much. Perfect excuse right? I do HIIT every other day and if I feel like it, I’d do yoga on rest days. The hardest part for me is to actually start the exercise. Once I get moving, everything else falls into place.

Do you exercise? Have you been thinking about it, but just never do it? You’re not alone. I did that for a few months. Work has been stressful lately and exercising enables me to let out the aggression positively. What exercises or sports do you enjoy?

 

xoxo Lily