Fractal Patterns, Elsa and Why Exercise In Iso Might Be Better Than You Think

Written by Sarah Healy - Exercise Physiologist

If you’re on social media at the moment then I’m sure you have seen numerous personal trainers, famous or otherwise, giving away their home workouts for free. 

Amazing right? They are a great way of keeping you moving during the lockdown. But have they enticed you to use your active-wear for good and follow their lead? 

If these sessions aren’t for you, what else can you do? At this point, we are still able to head outside for some physical activity as long as we follow the social distancing rules. From my experience, it’s one of my favourite parts of my day. Whether I’m with my husband and three kids or going solo, I love heading out of the house, breathing in the fresh air and increasing heart rate. I always feel clearer and calmer returning home. 

There is so much more outside to observe too. In nature, there are many examples of fractals – repeating identical patterns, or similar such as leaves, flowers and ocean waves. Exposure to these fractal patterns has been shown to reduce people’s levels of stress by up to 60%? 

Why wouldn’t we go outside? 

It’s not the only way exercise improves our wellbeing. Research has repeatedly shown the multiple benefits of regular exercise such as

  • Improved immune function
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Decreased risk of most chronic disease
  • Reduced inflammation in the body
  • Boost in mental health

and its never too late to start. 

At this point, it’s essential to find time to exercise because you may be missing out on the incidental exercise that used to be a part of our day. 

Bonus fun fact: did you know that Elsa sings about fractals in the Frozen song ‘Let it Go’? I know! You’re welcome.

The best way to create a new habit is to piggyback it onto another habit. 

How often each day do you boil the kettle, check the news or social media? Try attaching an exercise to each of these activities. Squats with social media, calf raises when checking the news, steps ups after coming in from hanging up the washing. Simple short bursts of exercise throughout our day can help to keep us alert and feeling calmer. Something is always better than nothing.

If you are looking for a free online exercise class, try as many as you can and look outside the square from the usual program if they aren’t enjoyable. 

Live-streamed dance classes have been really popular because they can be fun as a virtual dance party or yoga for the meditative qualities. If you feel like you need something more individualized than find an Exercise Physiologist that have moved their service to online telehealth appointments. 

There are so many options that we can do within our own four walls but if you are lucky enough to be able to leave those four walls for some restorative exercise outside, then do it!

Sarah Healy is an Exercise Physiologist, with knowledge and skills to implement exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, disabilities or injuries. In other words- she knows stuff! This beach dweller loves cooking, is partial to an excellent tea and mountain bike riding in nature sets her heart to happy mode. A published writer, Sarah understands and is passionate about helping people prevent injury and get moving. 

Sarah’s background in coaching gymnastics fuelled a career that is impressively highly qualified. A Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement and a Grad Dip in Exercise for Rehabilitation, with a variety of Certifications.

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