Independence Blue Cross #mindPHL Wellness Corner: Exercise

The pros know that exercise contributes to mental well-being. A Philadelphia Eagles coach has a few tips for the rest of us on starting or maintaining a regular routine.

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Exercise your body and mind.

Exercise is a fantastic way to keep your mind and body healthy. A regular workout routine can boost your mood and ease tension, and according to Philadelphia Eagles Assistant Strength Coach Edward Grayer, it can also give you a sense of accomplishment that helps you feel better.

Grayer’s advice for beginners? “Go at your own pace. Start with walking or biking around the block, or doing some simple things like lunges, push-ups and sit-ups. You might try yoga, take an online class or use an exercise app. There are many easy ways to start in a way that’s right for you.”

Grayer cautions people not to get discouraged by the unrealistic images of fitness they might see on social media. “Don’t get intimidated by what you see out there,” he urges. “Consistency is key. A little bit a lot of the time is better than doing a lot of activity just a little bit of the time.” He also encourages people to set a goal. It can be something as simple as going for a walk every day with your significant other, parents, or kids.

Professional athletes are just like the rest of us: how they feel emotionally can affect how they feel physically. Having someone to talk to can make a big difference. “That’s why open conversations are a major focus for us,” says Grayer. “We want to know what is going on with everyone and also to make sure that players are getting the rest they need.”

The bottom line? Physical and mental health are connected in all of us. Exercise is a great investment in both. Get more tips on getting staying active on the Eagles Health and Wellness pages.

Sunday, June 28: Exercise

No matter how you like to stay active, find out how exercise can have a profound effect on emotional wellness.

Monday, June 29: Art & Music

Learn more about the mood-boosting benefits of art and music.

Tuesday, June 30: Nutrition

Find out how food influences your mood and get tips for making meals that help you feel good.

Wednesday, July 1: Relaxation & Stress Reduction

Discover how to use techniques such as breathing, meditation, and yoga to relax and feel better.

Thursday, July 2: Connecting with Friends & Family

Learn how to better support one another and stay connected.

Friday, July 3: Enjoying the Outdoors

Learn how getting outside can help create a positive outlook.

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