Healthy Body = Healthy Mind
Exercise and regular physical activity have benefits that extend passed that of the body. The nourishing and healing effects that exercise has on the mind contribute greatly to overall well being. These benefits can help you manage your life commitments better, manage your emotions and even assist in recovery from addiction and insomnia.
The benefits of physical fitness on the mind include (but are not limited to)…
Lowered stress levels – Exercise provides a routine ‘escape’ from your 9-5, half an hour or so devoted entirely to your physical and mental well being. However, it also literally helps people lower their stress levels. Physical exertion actually increases the production of body chemicals that enable the brain to deal with stressful situations.
Boosted happy hormones – You may have heard about something called the “runner’s high”? Exercise causes the body to release endorphins, neurotransmitters that boost our mind’s ability to block pain and feel pleasure. This effect means that regular exercise can be used as an effective mood booster, not to mention as an effective contributor to recovering from depression.
Strengthening against cognitive decline – Just as exercise stimulates the growth of muscle cells, it stimulates the production of new brain cells! A regular workout schedule will have you feeling more mentally prepared and focused for tasks, increase your mental clarity and contribute to resistance against cognitive decline as you get older.
Increase in confidence – As you exercise and progress with your fitness levels (and you will), you will notice a boost in your self-esteem. As you start to finish your walks at a faster pace, cycle a little further, lift a little heavier or weigh in a little lower than before, you’ll realise, you can do this!
Aid in overcoming addiction – Physical activity is a good distraction and daily goal for the mind to factor in. These types of routines aid in recovery from addiction. Exercise also helps to generate new nerve connections in the brain that may have otherwise been damaged by substance use.
Helps sleeping patterns – The combination of lowered stress levels and increased endorphin levels contribute to better sleeping patterns. Studies to date indicate that the best sleeping benefits resulting from exercise occur when individuals exercise in the morning, or at least 6 hours before going to bed.
These benefits combine to produce higher quality of life as well as a much stronger ability to contribute to your workplace team. So what are you waiting for? Get moving today for a healthier mind!