Exercise as Self-Care?

June 11, 2024
Exercise as Self-Care?

Self-care. It may bring to mind images of meditation and bubble baths. But one important form of self-care is something you may already be doing: exercise.Going for a walk? Self-care. Hitting the gym? Self-care. Biking? Taking the stairs? You get the idea.

Here, we answer some of the questions you may have about exercise as self-care.

Why Does It Count as Self-Care?

The definition of self-care, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, is “taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical health and mental health.” Exercise fits the bill!

Specifically, exercise helps you by:

  • Boosting your mood
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Improving your resilience
  • Lowering your risk for diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some common cancers
  • Making everyday activities easier to do 

What if You Can’t or Don’t Want to Work Out?

There are other forms of self-care (yes— including bubble baths and meditation.) But exercise is one of the most beneficial forms of self-care for most people. And even small acts of self-care every day can add up to a big impact.