When we talk about exercise we nearly always refer to physical exercise. Exercise not only enhances our physical fitness, but, more importantly, our mental fitness – a fact most of us choose to ignore! So the benefits of exercise are never ending. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress and depression. People are less active nowadays, partly because technology has made our lives easier. We drive cars or take public transport. Machines wash our clothes. We entertain ourselves in front of a TV or computer screen. Fewer people are doing manual work. We move around less and burn off less energy. Our body works like a machine – so if you don’t make it work it will cease! The start, like everything else in life, is usually hard but once you make it a routine it gets easier and easier. Push yourself a little bit today, and gradually increase tomorrow. Any sort of movement is good, as long as you get that body moving. Let’s say instead of watching 3 hours of TV watch for 2 and go for a walk for 1. Instead of driving or catching the bus to work, walk it. Instead of using the elevator, take the stairs. Try to turn your housework, cooking and cleaning into an exercise and not a chore! It is a fact that the less you do the less you’ll want to do so fight that ugly laziness, take it as a challenge, and push yourself.