A solid sweat from exercise is beneficial for more reasons that you can wrap your head around. Yes, most of us are aware of the obvious benefits we strive for; a fit body, weight loss, life-long health benefits, disease prevention, or the opportunity to see the cute boy/girl that you have a crush on at the gym! Obviously, all of these (and many more) are important motivators, but today I want to dive into the positive effects exercise has on your mental well-being!
You may be familiar with the word endorphins, otherwise known as the happy chemical that lives inside our bod's! When you increase your heart rate, this fantastic chemical lets loose in your brain and before you know it you are; whistling a happy tune, greeting others with an ear-to-ear smile and you are sure to have a spring in your step for the rest of the day! Also, research has shown for those who battle depression, exercise can be a very effective, and oh by the way, a natural form of medicine.
A daily exercise routine is absolutely a critical ingredient in the recipe for a healthy lifestyle.
8 Mental Benefits of Exercise
1)Confidence builder – While releasing tension you are also taking care of your body, so truly you can’t help but be proud of your accomplishments. You feel like a brand new you and you know you are looking better and better every day! When you are confident, you are beautiful. When you are confident & beautiful, you can do anything you put your mind to!
2)Teaches your body to have a high tolerance for pain – Exercise can make you sore. At first, you may not like this feeling, but I assure you that you will come to recognize this feeling as a reminder of your progress and hard work. It is also important for our bodies to feel a little bit of pain, makes us tough!
3)Boosts brain power – Exercise triggers your body to create more brain cells! This increase creates a more powerful brain, which creates a greater capacity for learning.
4) Self-discipline – Following a daily exercise routine aids in developing skills of dedication and determination! These skills will have positive effects in all aspects of your life!
5) Fights depression – Exercise triggers the “happy chemical” in your brain to be released! Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain – bring on the endorphins!
6) Decreases anxiety – Exert energy, release those endorphins and your stress levels will level out and you’ll feel in control.
7) Enjoy “Runner’s High!” – Those amazing endorphins again!
8)Increases ability to concentrate – Scientific proof! Exercise improves concentration and general awareness! Increasing your ability to focus will benefit you in the office and many other aspects of your life.
So if motivating yourself to get to the gym or committing to a home workout is a challenge, please remind yourself how good you felt after your last workout. This is especially important for the months you are cooped up inside (cold winters or super hot summers). Make a plan with a buddy to exercise together, sign up for a class, or create an exercise calendar for the week and find home workout videos you like! Whatever it takes, move daily, clear your head, feel confident and happy! You got this!
I have never met anyone that regrets a workout!
Have a happy & healthy day!