For some of us, resuming our career during these turbulent economic times may seem challenging, for now. However, equipped with a strong mental attitude, perseverance, and patience, we have to believe our new career opportunity is right around the corner. In the mean time, this is the perfect chance to allocate some of our down time to enriching ourselves physically as well as mentally.
Let’s face it unemployment is going to produce some level of stress for everyone facing it – for some more so than others. Developing and following a basic exercise plan, something many people “intended” to do but never had the time, is a great way to release stress. Exercise helps the body to feel better by releasing hormones called endorphins that make you feel good. Ever hear of runner’s high? Endorphins are the reason. Additionally, there are numerous health related benefits associated with exercise such as improved cardiac strength, and greater endurance.
Your exercise regimen does not have to be hours long and so intense you have to crawl into bed afterwards. It can be as simple as a brisk walk in the park, as productive as an hour doing yard work, or as entertaining as a game of tennis with a friend. The psychological benefits of exercise include a sense of well being and accomplishment. This positive attitude and vitality can boost your spirits and come through during interviews.
Take this time to establish a new habit that will benefit you for the rest of your life, you’ll be glad you did! Of course, it is always recommended to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
Chris Christian is a certified personal trainer who instructs on fitness and nutrition for the City Colleges of Chicago. He has been pursuing his passion for over 30 years and enjoys helping others enhance their lives. Chris’s articles on fitness can be found at fitness.suite101.com.