This is such a wonderful saying! It holds so much truth and yet, it is a connection that we don’t often make when we are thinking of physical exercise. While many of us are well aware of the physical benefits of exercise, we often do not realize how good it is for us mentally as well. We tend to begin an exercise program with a physical goal in mind such as losing weight, increasing strength or building our endurance but then, we become pleasantly surprised by the other benefits that occur along the way.
Unfortunately, when we are feeling down or stressed, our workout can often be the last thing we feel like adhering too. While it may be difficult to do, the truth is, getting our bodies moving may be just the thing we need to lift our spirits and help us to get through the day.
One of the biggest mental benefits of exercise is that it can help reduce stress. Many of us face chronic stress in our daily lives which can be detrimental to our health both physically and mentally. If you have had a rough day, try hitting the gym for a quick workout! Taking advantage of a good workout will help you to relax and unwind.
In addition to reducing stress, exercising regularly will improve your self-confidence. It will boost your self-esteem and help to make you feel good about yourself all around!
Feeling down and in need of an emotional boost? The release of endorphins you experience during a workout can give you a real “happy buzz” – so hit the treadmill for a natural high!
As we age, our cognitive ability can begin to decline. A regular exercise program can help to combat the signs of aging and help us to fight off some of the natural decline that occurs with age.
In addition to all of these things, physical fitness can help to sharpen our memories, increase relaxation and improve our ability to “get things done”. While a workout is often the first thing to get cut from the list when life gets busy, by making the time for your workout, you will boost your energy level, making you more productive throughout the day.
So next time you hit the gym, take note of how good it makes you feel both inside and out. By making physical fitness a part of your regular routine, you will not only develop a healthy body, you will be taking
good care of your mind!